Dear Friend of the One World Conservation Center:

     Over the last six months, OWCC’s Board has been struggling with harsh financial realities, as are other local non-profits.  Finally, at a meeting on 6 March 2018, the Board of Directors of OWCC passed the following motions:

  •         To pursue the sale of the OWCC building…
  •         To pursue the transfer of the Greenberg Reserve to a local college…

     We all are saddened but it is time to face facts. Even if there were a relatively successful fundraising appeal, OWCC could only remain in operation for a few more months. Grants, small donations, program proceeds, and facility rentals barely begin to cover the roughly $100,000 yearly (for mortgage, utilities, director’s salary, etc.) required to stay in business.

     You may wonder how we arrived at this juncture. For many years OWCC has been primarily supported by a few angelic donors.  These generous donors are no longer able to keep the Center afloat, and without a broad donor base, we find ourselves in a very precarious position.  National economic policies and demographic changes in Bennington are also contributing factors to our financial woes.

     Accordingly, OWCC’s doors will close and our esteemed and loyal Executive Director, Holly Betit, will resign on March 30.  The good news is that we are negotiating with an interested buyer for the building and that a local college will use the Reserve for ecological education and research while maintaining the trails for public recreation.

     We are not alone. Other small non-profits in our area, including the Robert Frost Stone House Museum and the Bennington Center for the Arts, have encountered difficulty and sought mergers with larger institutions. The OWCC board also looked at many options, but unfortunately none bore fruit.

     We are deeply grateful for your long and generous support of OWCC.  Let’s all be proud of OWCC’s many accomplishments over its lifetime.


Sincerely,


Jock Irons, Board President, One World Conservation Center

Board Members:
Joyce Cowper
Lois Davis
Mary Fuqua
Amy Halsted
Jim Henderson

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