Oyster Cage Sponsorships

Making money has been difficult in the last few months. Many of our community members are aware of this and are also

struggling. Because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, donations to nonprofits such at Phillips Wharf are down. In fact, estimates suggest that 83% of all US charities have reported declines in revenue, both in terms of individual donations and event fundraising. With our outreach programs cancelled and our events postponed or turned virtual, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is seeing the same decline in revenue. As a way of dealing with this, we have worked to cut costs, including closing our campus to the public. However, we also want to build up some capital to support reopening our campus and our outreach programs when the time is right.

 

Oyster Jam

While the future of education, and subsequently education programs, remains uncertain, it is our intention to begin our education program season in April, which is when we normally begin running Fishmobile programs. However, in order to run these programs, it costs money, even before we show up an event. We need to hire and train our staff, feed our animals, develop programs and curriculum, and coordinate the events we are attending. Basically, in order to make money, we need money.

 

Enter our new oyster sponsorship program. Designed by our board president, Matt Albers, this program provides supporters with delicious oysters each month and supports the Phillips Wharf program of your choice.

 

Through this program, we are offering annual oyster cage sponsorships for $350. This sponsorship gets you 10 oysters a month for the year (which you can also choose to pick up less frequently and receive several month’s worth of oysters at a time), approximately $300 worth of tax-deductible donation, and the choice of where the profits on the remaining oysters in the cage will go; Education, Outreach (including the Fishmobile), Oyster restoration, or to the area of greatest need.

 

We believe this program is an excellent way to support a small, community based nonprofit, while also reaping the benefit of delicious oysters. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about this program or sponsoring an oyster cage, please click here.

Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,

 

Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center