Q: Why is there not going to be a bond in 2020?
A: With the gift of the adjacent land, we are expanding our project and vision and exploring a partnership with the City of Anacortes. The two parties need more time to incorporate changes and ensure that our Patrons receive the best facility now and for generations to come.
Q: When will there be a ballot measure?
It is tentatively scheduled for February 2021.
Q: How much will the bond be?
A: At this time, we don’t know. We are performing a cost analysis of the expanded facility. When the partnership with the city is ﬁnalized, we will reinstate the Capital Campaign in order to lessen the cost to taxpayers of the bond measure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a minimum donation amount that you will accept?
A: We gladly accept donations in any amount and greatly appreciate your support.
Q: Can I donate over time?
A: Many of our donors pledge an annual amount, up to five years. If you have a total in mind and would like to spread your donation, simply indicate this on the pledge form accessible from the donor page.
Q: To whom should I make my donation payable?
A: Friends of Fidalgo Pool, a 501(c)3 entity. You will receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.
Q: Where are my donations held?
A: Until the full project funding requirement is met, all donations are held in escrow in the Friends investment account. Funds would begin being used once full funding is attained.
Q: What happens if full funding is not achieved?
A: Any donations received would be returned to donors. Note: in this event, refunds would need to be reflected in tax filings. Please consult with your tax advisor, as individual circumstances may vary.
Q: How can I gauge progress?
A: This web site is a powerful informational tool. It will be updated regularly. In addition, we will be issuing monthly status updates through email and social media.
Q: How can I assist the giving campaign?
A: The initial phase of the giving campaign is donor outreach. If there are friends or associates that you believe might be interested in giving, please forward their information through the Contact facility on the web site. We will reach out to them. We will also be scheduling in-home gatherings as the campaign rolls out—if you would like to host a meeting, please let us know. Finally, advocacy is a powerful force in a small community such as ours. Getting the word out and expressing the need for an updated facility for future generations in conversation or letters to the newspaper helps tremendously.