570-245-8518 7 East Water St. Lock Haven, PA 17745

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

Maya Angelou

Class of 2023 Challenge: $25,000!

Your Challenge: To Raise at least $250

If each student from your field school (20) raises $250 – that adds up to $5,000 per field school; $25,000 total!

Below you will find:

  • A link to create your own fundraising page
  • Links to resources referred to in your Pay It Forward Workbook
  • A reminder of the benefits of participating
  • How to report your efforts for your Record Book!
  • Interested in designing the 2023 PIF shirt? Email Lexi at lchisholm@wildlifeleadershipacademy.org

Our Partner:

The Campbell Foundation

We are so appreciative to have an incredible partner in fundraising, The Campbell Foundation. The Campbell Foundation’s focus is to engage others in partnership activities to protect living resources and their habitats. Last year we surpassed their $11,000 match so this year they are matching us up to $12,000!! Let’s show them what we can do!

Want to learn more about The Campbell Foundation? Visit their website at: https://www.campbellfoundation.org/

Next Steps

Step 1: Join The Pay It Forward Team

Join the Class of 2023 Pay It Forward Team here: click to join!

Step 2: Create Your Personal Pay It Forward Webpage

[Click here to see Matthew C.’s page to get an idea of what yours will look like!]

Click the link below to start creating your personal Pay It Forward webpage! You can start working on this now, but we will also work on our webpage worksheets together during our first Zoom meeting.


  1. Your name and profile photo
  2. Your personal fundraising goal
  3. Your story / why you want to Pay It Forward (written by you)
  4. Your favorite photos
  5. Personal links to give securely at various levels (i.e. $25, $50, $100, any amount)

After you complete your Fundraising Profile form, we will create your website for you and send you your personal link to share with your supporters! (Please remember to give us time to create these webpages as our awesome Katie Mace does them all herself! Thank you Katie!)

Step 3: Answer The Scheduling Poll

We will have Zoom check-ins as well as time for everyone to create fundraising plans together. Make sure to complete this poll so that we can schedule those at a time that works best for everyone!

Click here to answer the scheduling poll


Just click on each document to download it. We will work on and go through these various worksheets together through Zoom as well.

DONATION FORM – Use this form when sending letters to friends/family, businesses, and other organizations. This will give your donor our address as well as a link to find out more about Wildlife Leadership Academy.


Sample [Editable] letters

Use these donation letters to send in the mail to people/businesses you may be asking for donations from. Make sure to personalize your letter with your personal goal as well as information about your experience at Field School. Old-school snail mail is still one of the most effective ways to ask for donations, everyone loves to receive something in the mail, especially if it is personalized and signed!

Donation Letter to Family/Friends (You can use this for an email too!)

Donation Letter to Businesses/Organizations

Adult Mentor Donation Letter to Family/Friends

Adult Mentor Donation Letter to Businesses/Organizations

Support for Telling  Your Story

Need a little help writing your letters above? Brush up on your Academy facts! Here are 5 important facts to remember about the Wildlife Leadership Academy when talking to potential donors about the organization.

5 Key Facts about the Wildlife Leadership Academy

How to Reach Your Goal

In case you need an extra, raise your goal, or just want to get a head start here is a worksheet to help you break down your goal! Remember: this can be as laid back as you want! This is YOUR campaign. So try new things, talk to new people, and have fun!


Social media Bingo

Share this bingo card on your social media accounts and encourage your followers to donate and fill the board! Click here to download the Haunted Habitats Bingo card!

(ME) – Lexi Chisholm

Don’t be afraid to use me as a resource! I have been fundraising since I was younger than you and I know just how intimidating it can be! Please reach out to me if you need any advice, ideas, or anything else. I am here to support your Pay It Forward campaign however you want to participate!

Call/Text – 570-317-7294

Email – lchisholm@wildlifeleadershipacademy.org


  • Earn awesome rewards – check out our new reward program in your Pay It Forward Workbook. Earn new rewards for every level of fundraising you hit!
  • Learn new skills – learn how to talk to businesses and new people, how to set goals, practice talking about the Wildlife Leadership Academy and your experiences, and learn the fundamental skill of giving back and working for others.
  • Build your leadership skills – you engage with people and demonstrate your leadership and communication skills when you ask for support from family, friends, and your community.
  • Outreach points – don’t forget you get 10pts for every hour you participate in Pay It Forward!

Become a distinguished member of the Blue Polo Society!

When you raise $500 or more, you become a member of the Blue Polo Society at the Distinguished Level.  As a Distinguished Member of the Blue Polo Society, you will receive:

  • A certificate acknowledging your fundraising achievements;
  • A unique achievement to list on your college applications to distinguish you from other applicants; and,
  • A special acknowledgment in the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s Annual Report
  • And more!


YES  – Your fundraising efforts count as outreach!

10 points per hour—> Participating in Pay It Forward allows you to earn 10 Outreach points for every hour you work on your campaign. This covers everything from attending Zoom sessions to sending text messages and writing letters.



Couldn’t make a Pay It Forward team meeting? No problem – check out the recordings below!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead