Be a Camper for Philanthropy
The goal of Mickey's annual camp is for adults to leave behind daily pressures, explore new opportunities, perfect old skills and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow campers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. There are actually two camps consisting of a maximum of 125 individuals at each camp session, held each August. The first camp is for women and the second for men. To attend this camp, you must be recommended by a previous camper. The cost per person is $1,500. The majority of these funds are actual donations given to several selected charities by the campers. Four charities are selected to be the main recipients of donations. These charities actually make presentations to the entire group, which typically leads to greater awareness and engagement by community movers and shakers.
The camp is held at Bradford Woods, which is Indiana University's Outdoor Center. Throughout the three-day camp, you have a variety of daily attendance options from gourmet cooking, batting cages, magic, zip line, billiards, swimming, massage, etc. At night you engage in dialogue with featured speakers such as a U.S. senator and Olympic athletes, enjoy gourmet dinners, and participate in various tournaments.
The ultimate goal of the camp is to promote philanthropic causes and build new relationships with community thought leaders. The camp is underwritten by Mickey, registration fees and the highest quality food sponsors in Indiana. In effect, Mickey's Camp is a charitable event. Net proceeds given to charities at the 2014 camp included the Bradford Woods Outdoor Center, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Horizon House and the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. These charities are worthy of support, and campers designate funds to different charities each year.
Mickey Maurer is a true servant leader and cares deeply about the community he serves. He is also called a renaissance man. He constantly promotes community causes and seeks ways to involve others in the discussion. The camp is one vehicle to get things done.
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.