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Sustainable Forest of Giving

The Sustainable Forest of Giving

Celebrating Sky Lake’s 75 Years of Ministry by Sustaining its Future

It takes financial resources beyond the fees paid by campers and retreat guests, as well as the generous financial support of the Upper New York Annual Conference, to provide the life-transforming ministry that many of us have experienced at Sky Lake at some point over the past 75 years. Your contribution to the Sky Lake Annual Fund helps defray the costs associated with operating the ministry: electricity, propane, hospitality supplies, program equipment, tractor fuel, and more. In other words, the parts of the ministry that are not apt to be the most photogenic, but without which our ministry could not thrive.

In 2019 we established the Sustainable Forest of Giving—an easy way for supporters to set up an automatically recurring gift to the Sky Lake Annual Fund. Inspired by the diversity of trees found in the forested areas of Sky Lake, the levels of the Sustainable Forest of Giving are intended to reflect the need for a diversity of gifts to sustain the ministry.

While the most popular frequency of automatically recurring gifts is monthly, you may also select to have your contribution to the Sustainable Forest of Giving be quarterly or annually. Regardless of frequency, your generosity will be put to immediate good use at Sky Lake.

Sustainable Forest of Giving Levels

  • Begin by determining the frequency and level of your automatically recurring gift
  • Go to our secure online donation site at
  • Scroll to the “Make A Donation” menu and select “Sustainable Forest of Giving – Sky Lake”
  • In the “Donation Amount” field, put the amount you would like for your recurring gift
  • In the “Donation Note” field, put “Monthly”, “Quarterly”, or “Annually” to confirm the frequency of the gift (this is the amount that will be processed regularly)
  • Complete the remainder of the donation information and submit it
  • Your first gift will be processed immediately. Subsequent gifts will be processed on the 9th of each month (or the next business day if a weekend/holiday)

To become a member of the Sustainable Forest of Giving at the Sugar Maple level with a monthly frequency, donate $100 today and on the 9th of next month, we’ll process that same amount. (Likewise, if you opt to give the full annual amount all at once, your recurring gift for 2022 will occur on the 9th of the month in which you gave in 2021.)


If you would prefer an alternative to giving online, checks made out to “UNYAC-Sky Lake” are equally welcomed. There are also several members of the Sustainable Forest of Giving who have made arrangements with their preferred financial institutions to have a check automatically mailed directly to Sky Lake each month. 

All gifts to Sky Lake (d/b/a Upper New York Annual Conference) are tax-deductible.