Giving Details

Why Give

We are dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences through comprehensive programming and services like our wheelchair accessible high ropes challenge course, our therapy and adaptive riding program, or our travel program that opens the door to new worlds. We offer the opportunity for individuals to challenge themselves; to grow in their own self-awareness and build a sense of confidence that will support them throughout their lives.

True Friends relies on the support of generous donors to help us provide our programs and services in an inclusive, safe environment.

What Your Gift Does

 

 

Support adventures at Weekend Respite, where children and adults leave behind doctor visits and therapy to enjoy camp activities like tye-dying, s’mores by the fire, or exploring mother nature. 

 

Help our Therapy and Adaptive Riding program participants strengthen their bodies
and boost their self-confidence.

 

 

Help underwrite Travel costs, from permit fees and state parks passes, to supplies and transportation. 

 

Help supply harnesses, helmets, ropes, and belay devices so campers can discover they CAN conquer our wheelchair-accessible high ropes course and zip-line. 

 

Support waterfront activities that include paddle boarding, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Waterfront activities build participants self-confidence, strengthens their muscle control, and gives them a chance to learn a new skill. 

Gifts In Action

Camp Cambria
Foundation

In the summer of 2018 True Friends received a $2.2 million investment from the Camp Cambria Foundation to renovate several buildings at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN.

“The investment from the Camp Cambria Foundation has truly enhanced the quality of experiences our participants enjoy,” said True Friends President and CEO John LeBlanc. “We are humbled by their dedication and commitment to support individuals of all abilities.”

The Camp Cambria Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation team up every summer to offer a specialized camp session for kids and teens with juvenile arthritis that is held at Camp Courage in Maple Lake.

Over the years the group saw an opportunity to not only create a better experience for their campers, but also for the more than 1,300 children and adults with disabilities who enjoy the camp each summer.

The dining hall is now equipped with a new kitchen layout to better serve those with special dietary needs, as well as a nutrition nook to promote healthy choices. Bathrooms were updated and an elevator was added to enhance accessibility. Additionally, high-end Cambria products were used throughout the space in areas such as the bathrooms, kitchen, and fireplace. The health and wellness center and arts and crafts buildings have also been given new layouts, updated fixtures, and accessible work spaces.

The project was supported by more than 49 local vendors from 19 different trades.

Lions Clubs International Foundation Grant

True Friends is honored to be the recipient of a matching grant of $100,000 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

This grant supports the completion of needed exterior renovations to cabins and the laundry facility, flooring replacement throughout the program center, and the installation of a new sport court flooring in the program center gym at True Friends Camp Friendship. True Friends is proud to display the LCIF logo at center court to recognize their generous commitment.

This matching grant was made possible by several local Lions Clubs and individual donors who donated the initial $100,000 making True Friends eligible for the LCIF grant. 

 

“The continued support of the Lions Clubs impacts thousands of children and adults with disabilities each year and this gift will enhance the accessibility of our program center, as well as our cabins,” said John LeBlanc, True Friends President and CEO. 

 

The dedication, support, and commitment displayed from the Lions Clubs International Foundation and MD5M Lions Clubs to True Friends is just one example of their enthusiasm to support the local community as well as the individuals with disabilities True Friends serves.

Sundet Foundation
Matching Gift

In 2023, True Friends was awarded a $1 million matching gift from the Sundet Foundation to support the construction of a new Recreation Center at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN. The Sundet Foundation agreed to match all gifts or pledges to the project dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million, with the Foundation’s gift and all matching dollars designated to support the Recreation Center project.

 

The Camp Courage Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities including a temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art pool with zero entry, as well as a spacious gymnasium with a stage to support sporting events, performing arts opportunities, and large group gatherings. Construction on the project will begin in 2025.

True Friends President & CEO, John LeBlanc, shared that “The new Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities for individuals of all abilities to continually improve the experiences we provide.”

In addition to the recent gift to support the Camp Courage Recreation Center, the Sundet Foundation has demonstrated their commitment to True Friends for decades. In the mid-90s, they provided the funds to build Cabin 3 at Camp Courage Lakeside – also known as the Sundet Family Cabin. When the Foundation heard that the Sundet Family Cabin was in need of major exterior renovations and improvements, they knew they wanted to help.  The Sundets pledged a gift to cover the entire cost of the project, and they even paid off their pledge early. This allowed True Friends to experience great savings in construction supplies before prices increased, which was a great bonus. 

The Sundet Foundation’s generosity and passion for the mission of True Friends will continue to serve participants of all abilities who enjoy these facilities at camp for years to come.

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