Camphill Kimberton has been given a wonderful gift - the chance to raise $100,000 for those who live and work in our village. A friend named Clifford Todd has challenged the Camphill Kimberton community to raise $50,000 in operating funds. If we can raise the first $50,000, Mr. Todd will match it and donate another $50,000. We will only receive his donation if we can raise $50,000 on our own - by September 30.
Read on to learn more about Cliff Todd, and his reasons for giving.
As time passes contacts often fade, and Betsy and John lost touch with Cliff for more than 40 years. Betsy’s daughter recently found Cliff via the internet and reconnected the long-lost friends, now in their 80s.
It is a remarkable story of the strength of friendship. However, Cliff’s qualities of loyalty and connection were fostered long before he met the Church family.
Cliff is a twin. He and his sister, Catherine, were born at home. Catherine arrived first and the complications of her delivery left her with a traumatic brain injury leading to developmental disabilities. Cliff was born “normal.”
“We were a poor family with seven children,” says Cliff. As she grew up, Catherine had a number of health issues, including ear problems, but medical attention was not always available or affordable. “When I got my first job, at age 16, I bought her a hearing aid,” he recalls.
This bond of brother and sister surpassed any limitations of disability. “Most people couldn’t understand her, but I could,” says Cliff. “We had our own language.” Catherine lived her final years in a nursing home and would draw back if anyone touched her. “I could touch her,” recalls Cliff. “I could put my hands on her shoulders and she would know it was me.”
After a recent trip to the village to visit Ross, Cliff mentioned that he wished a place like Camphill Kimberton had been available for his twin sister. He told Executive Director Diedra Heitzman that he wanted to leave a legacy gift to the village – a truly remarkable gesture.
Months later, Diedra received another call from Cliff. This time the impact of his generosity would be felt immediately.
Cliff posed a challenge to Diedra: could we raise $50,000 in operating funds? If we are able to raise the first $50,000, he will match it by donating another $50,000.
We will only receive his donation if we can raise $50,000 on our own.
Our charge now is to make it happen. “I always wanted to do something in her name,” says Cliff.
Inspired by this wish and fueled with the generosity of our friends and supporters, Camphill Kimberton will be able to provide a beautiful home -- for others like Catherine Marie Todd, and in remembrance of her.
Double the Impact
We’re off to a great start! At the time of posting, we have raised $39,530 of the $50,000 requirement.
Now it is your turn. This challenge gives you a wonderful opportunity to effectively double the size of your gift, maximizing its impact. This is also a great way involve your family and friends in helping you support Camphill Kimberton. We can customize a personal fundraising plan to help you reach out to your contacts.
Gifts in any amount are welcomed and will help us reach our goal. Consider it this way: $25 will become $50; $250 will become $500. And working together, $50,000 will become $100,000!
To make your contribution to the Catherine Marie Todd Fund and ensure that we will receive the additional $50,000 matching gift, please contact Bernadette Kovaleski at 610-935-8660, firstname.lastname@example.org, or PO Box 1045, Kimberton, PA 19442. Please memo your contribution "Todd Fund."
You may also make an online gift by clicking the Donate Now button below.
Thank you for your continued support!