Anonymous donor gives $248,000 to campus project

Horizon Christian School completes purchase of property at 8th and Pacific

A new campus for Horizon Christian School took a quarter-million dollar step toward reality this week.

The school’s board of directors announced Horizon has received a $248,000 donation from the Northwest Christian Community Foundation (NCCF).

The contribution has been designated to provide the remaining funds necessary to complete the purchase of the campus at 8th and Pacific.

The donation will also create a challenge fund that will match contributions raised by Horizon on a dollar-per-dollar basis up to the remaining amount of the $248,000 contribution.

“This is the third major gift to the New Campus Project in the past year,” according to Don Hoffman, chairman of the Horizon board.

Shepherd of the Valley Church made a donation of more than $270,000 in July of 2002, and Horizon announced in August of 2002 that it had been named the co-trustee and beneficiary of a $200,000 Charitable Remainder Unitrust also designated to the New Campus Project. Total contributions and pledges toward the project now total more than $800,000.

“We are encouraged by this latest contribution and look forward to the opportunity created by the matching gift aspect of this contribution,” Hoffman said.

The anonymous gift of $248,000 for the new campus project was given through NCCF, which distributes donor-advised grants to non-profit Christian organizations. Since 1995, the foundation has received more than $13 million in contributions and has distributed nearly $6 million to various churches, Christian schools and parachurch organizations. This is accomplished through individuals or families who have established donor advised funds within NCCF. The distribution of grants for the first five months of 2003 is more than $800,000.

For information about Horizon Christian School and the project, contact Carol Yates at 387-3200. Horizon Christian, 1889 Belmont Drive, Hood River, is an inter-denominational school educating more than 180 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizon’s students, teachers, professional staff and board of directors attend over 25 churches throughout the Columbia Gorge.

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