Kanuga Closed in Response to COVID-19 Health Guidelines

Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
Posted Mar 24, 2020

The nation’s largest conference, camp and retreat center loses over $1,000,000 in revenue.

In response to health guidelines for social interactions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Kanuga Conferences is closed. The 1,400-acre year-round conference, retreat and camp center located just 6 miles outside of Hendersonville, NC, generates seasonal revenue by hosting schools, private groups, conferences and church groups throughout spring. Cancellations for March and April will result in over $1,000,000 in lost revenue for Kanuga.

“This is a pivotal moment for Kanuga history,” said Michael R. Sullivan, Kanuga President. “We are not in a financial position to withstand this revenue loss. The executive team and trustees are considering every option to preserve Kanuga for an exciting summer season and many seasons thereafter.”

To address the lost revenue caused by the pandemic, Kanuga has instituted a fund drive. For every new or increased gift over what a donor made to Kanuga last year, the boards will match the gift up to $300,000 through unrestricted investment funds.

The funds will be used to support Kanuga’s operating budget including housekeepers, guest services, and others whose jobs are in peril short term by providing wage assistance, health care insurance, and in some cases, housing.

“Coronavirus has changed everything for us, but faced with this difficult situation, Kanuga can still be the incredible place we know and love through help from our community and supporters,” said Sullivan.

Donations can be made immediately online at kanuga.org/giving or by contacting Jim Hackney, Executive Vice President for Advancement, at jhackney@kanuga.org or 828-233-2816.