How Giving Helps

Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM was a gift to the National Presbyterian Church from Arthur and Phoebe Pack in 1955. Since that time it has served as an international education and conference center, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. Today, Ghost Ranch has many different meanings for the people who come to share its richness.

Ghost Ranch is a place for fun, recreation, reconnecting as a family, for grand adventures outward on the trails and inward into souls. It is a place to learn and exchange ideas about science, art, technology, music and theology. Some see it as place a sanctuary – a place of peace and healing. For others, Ghost Ranch is a place for awakening and adventure, inspiration and transformation.

To those who have already given, consider an increase in your annual contribution or begin a recurring gift program where the amount you designate will be billed to your credit card monthly.

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Paul Fogg Named Executive Director of Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

After an extensive national search, the board of the National Ghost Ranch Foundation has named Paul Fogg the executive director of Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center effective September 30, 2019. He will replace Debra Hepler, who retired from Ghost Ranch in February.Fogg is currently serving as the executive director and CEO of the Calvin Center, the camp and conference facility outside of Atlanta.

The search committee reviewed more than 100 applications during the past six months, and selected Fogg from a pool of extremely strong candidates, according to board chair Mark Hostetter. “Paul brings a proven track record of faith-motivated and visionary leadership in retreat ministry,” Hostetter said. “With more than 25 years of experience, Paul has repeatedly demonstrated meaning-filled innovation in areas so close to the heart of Ghost Ranch: transformative programming and radical hospitality.”

Beyond Calvin, Fogg’s entire career has been spent in outdoor ministries and conference centers, beginning with his first position as a lifeguard at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, Indiana, when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Montreat College and headed straight into outdoor ministries and conference center management. He has served as the executive director of Geneva Center in Indiana and Bethelwoods Camp & Conference Center in South Carolina.

The number of visitors to Calvin climbed 34 percent during that time, Fogg says, following updates to the facilities to bring modern amenities that today’s travelers want, including fiber optic internet and healthy food options. Calvin also marketed the center widely, drawing business from the corporate and business sectors.

“I have never felt more called to a position prior to getting there,” Fogg says. “Absolutely every single roadblock that was in the way was removed.”
He has worked at Calvin for 12 years, leading the center through its transition from a Presbytery-owned and operated facility to its own 501(c)(3). “We were earlier than a lot of camp and conference centers in becoming separately incorporated, and it was so well done,” Fogg says.

In 2017, day-to-day management of Ghost Ranch transferred from the Presbyterian Mission Agency to the National Ghost Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1972 to support Ghost Ranch.

“I’m excited at building on the positive momentum that Ghost Ranch currently enjoys,” Fogg said. “I’m looking forward to partnering; to relate, motivate and celebrate with board, donors, staff and volunteers; to help keep the ranch doing truly amazing things in a sustainable future.”

Second Year of Reporting to the Presbyterian Foundation – It’s a New Day at Ghost Ranch NGRF and PCUSA

2017 ushered in a new beginning for Ghost Ranch. While the ownership of the Ranch by the Presbyterian Church’s Board of Christian Education has not changed, improvements have been established that increase the efficiency of the Ranch’s day-to-day management and operations. The Ranch’s new structure and increased local control bring greater fiscal responsibility. We are on our own financially. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant and diligent in developing the necessary funding to support our mission. During 2016, the Governing Board of Ghost Ranch worked with the Presbyterian Church and its agencies to enable the Ranch to function as a more independent operation within the Church. Our mission remains the same. As of January 1, 2017, Ghost Ranch began reporting to the Presbyterian Foundation, not the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). This allows both the Ranch and PMA to focus on their core mission and responsibilities. This new Ranch operational entity has a familiar name–the National Ghost Ranch Foundation. We adopted this name because of the ease of enhancing the existing 501(c) (3) designation for operating policies and our mission purpose. The role of the former NGRF will now become the “Friends of Ghost Ranch.” Read more – NGRF – PCUSA Org.

Friends will continue to support numerous Ghost Ranch activities such as the annual auction, hosting regional gatherings of Ranch supporters and more. Again, many of you have been generous with your financial gifts. As we begin 2017, we ask you to consider making a special gift or increase your giving to help us celebrate and fortify a robust first year of independence for our beloved Ghost Ranch.

Recurring Gifts – Spread Your Gift Into Multiple Payments

Recurring gifts help keep us sustainable all year-round and might be easier on your budget. Once you click the orange donate now button, you can choose your donation frequency, either a one-time gift or split your annual gift into multiple payments to fit your budget.

Give to the Annual Fund or Choose a Special Project

Also, from the section labeled “Apply My Donation To” you can either donate to the annual fund or choose the special project of your choice including the Transition Fund, Agua es Vida Aqueduct Rebuild or the Holding Courage program for men and women with recent cancer.

The Future of Ghost Ranch Lies in Sustainability – How Giving Helps

A sustainable environment, a sustainable financial picture and a sustainable people living in healthy community, growing and learning.

Transformation… Your Gift Gives & Gives
Each person who visits has a ripple effect around the world. Person by person, Ghost Ranch is making a difference as people take their experiences and build upon them in their own lives and communities.

Your gift is making a difference. Your gift adds value to peoples’ lives. Your gift has a ripple effect around the world. The Ranch is comprised of 22,000 acres or 33 square miles. Program and lodging fees do not cover the cost of staffing or maintaining such a large property. So we look for help from those who most enjoy the Ranch and wish to see it improved and preserved for the next generation.

Friends of the ranch are people who watch over, pray for and provide financial commitments towards ensuring Ghost Ranch is maintained in the best ways possible. Join with us as we work to improve the experience here by maintaining the land and facilities, enhancing activities and opportunities, and ensuring the financial health of Ghost Ranch. We know you will find Ghost Ranch worthy of your annual support, as we strive to be good stewards of the gifts we receive. Any amount is appreciated.

To Send a Check

For those who prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to:

National Ghost Ranch Foundation

Mail check to:

Mary Martinez
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
280 Private Drive 1708
Abiquiu, NM 87510

2018 Ghost Ranch Community Outreach List

• Abiquiu Area Emergency Services Project (AAESP):  Local fundraising board that raises funds for the Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department/First Responders that service Ghost Ranch.
• Abiquiu Studio Tour Sponsor
• Community Youth Camp at Ghost Ranch
• Community Youth Swim Lessons at Ghost Ranch
• Dancing Earth
• Española Fiber Arts Center: We donate the wool from the churro sheep for their cooperative use
• Festival Ballet Albuquerque
• Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
• Institute of American Indian Arts
• Mercado at Ghost Ranch (with local artisans)
• Northern Youth Project (promotes art and Agriculture for youth in Abiquiu and Española)
• Rio Chama River Congreso
• Rio Arriba County Residents VSP Vision Clinic
• Heartbeat of Gratitude (Retreats for women with recent cancer)
• Pajarito Environment Education Center (PEEC): Aids underprivileged children with experiencing the wonders of nature.
• Archdiocese of Santa Fe Peregrinos: A pilgrimage reaching out to male and female groups that complete the vocations/stations of the cross from our surrounding communities. 
• Rising Stars of the Southwest Teen Leadership Program
• Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Partnership (includes hiring of local youth to support trail health and other projects)
• Sacred Heart of Mary Church
• Scholarships for those in financial need and discounts for Rio Arriba County residents for Ghost Ranch workshops
• Ghost Ranch Youth Service Corps students engaged in multiple community projects

Tax-Favored Charitable Gifts

For those aged 70 1/2 or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.On December 18, 2015, Congress passed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and made this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to the National Ghost Ranch Foundation free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important not to withdraw funds before a gift but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA.

Check with us, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.

View the 2016 Annual Report PDF or view the Flip Page Version

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