A Farewell Salute to Our President, Commodore, and Friend

The campers and staff at Timber Pointe Outdoor

Center had no better friend and advocate than

Jim Malay who passed away peacefully on Saturday,

January 24th 2015 at the Lake Bloomington home

he shared with his wife Elaine.

Throughout and following his career at State Farm,

Jim was very active in forwarding and supporting a

host of organizations and causes generously

contributing time and resources to the benefit of

many. However, the organization he cared most

passionately about was Timber Pointe Outdoor


Jim served as President of the Timber Pointe

Charitable Foundation for 15 years. He also served as

Commodore of the Timber Pointe Yacht Club. Every

summer Wednesday evening for 20 years, Jim commandeered dozens of captains and boats who continue to provide campers with magical boat rides around Lake Bloomington. During Jim's tenure significant capital projects were realized including the Woods Arts Center and The Lodge at Timber Pointe, a beautiful multi-purpose facility overlooking Lake Bloomington. Jim was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation for his contributions to Timber Pointe.

Jim's favorite film was Wizard of Oz in which the Wizard says "A heart is not judged by how much you love but by how much you are loved by others." Jim was deeply loved by the family who survives him: his wife Elaine, daughters Susan McNary, Julie Friedmann, Karen Compton, and son Jim Malay, sons-in-law Bill McNary, Ed Friedmann, Spencer Compton and daughter-in-law Alicia Malay, as well as grandchildren Molly, Kathleen, Maggie, Ryan, Ellie, Nora, Meghan, Nell, Liam and Sarah. Through the years hundreds of Timber Pointe campers and staff also came to know and love "Commodore Jim". Hundreds more will benefit from his leadership and generosity for generations to come.

For those interested, memorials may be made to:
The Jim Malay Endowment Fund
Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 233, Bloomington, IL 61702

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Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation

P.O. Box 233, Bloomington, IL 61702


Latest news!

The new Winter 2017 Newsletter is here! 

Click to learn more the 20th anniversary of the

Timber Pointe Foundation!

See the article about the new docks ribbon cutting here!

What is the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund?

A financial endowment is a donation of money or property to a nonprofit organization for the ongoing support of that organization.  Typically an endowment is structured so that the principal is kept intact while the investment income is available for use.  While a portion of the principal in an endowment fund may be expended given certain conditions, the primary purpose of an endowment fund is to provide a financial bedrock for an organization through the generation of investment and interest income which can be utilized to support the organization’s mission on an ongoing basis.  

“The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation’s board of Directors created an endowment fund in an effort to insure the availability of funds to support improvements and operations of Timber Pointe Outdoor Center for generations to come.”  -Jim Waldorf, Timber Pointe Foundation President

Timber Pointe Foundation donors have several gifting options…

-Unrestricted gifts
-Gifts designated to support specific current initiatives
-Gifts to the Foundation’s general endowment fund
-Gifts to a named fund within the general endowment fund.  Named funds honor an organization, family or individual.   Such a named fund was created to honor Jim Malay, steadfast friend of Timber Pointe campers and their families and past President of the Timber Pointe Foundation.   Jim had an unstoppable passion for the Timber Pointe Foundation’s mission and viewed the creation of an endowment as an excellent way to help insure the ongoing impact of the Foundation’s efforts.

Gifts to the Foundation can be made by simply clicking on the “Donate” tab or by mail addressed to Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 233, Bloomington, IL 61702.   If you would like more information please click on the “Contact Us” tab to email or to visit by phone.

20th Anniversary!

February 11, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the official designation of the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation as a not for profit organization committed to providing resources for the provision of life changing camping and outdoor experiences for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation was conceived and original bylaws drafted by Don D Rood Sr. and David Bateman early in 1996. While the charter members of the Foundation board held their first meeting on June 17th 1996, the Foundation was formally recognized as a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization on February 11, 1997.

2016 Programming

2016 has a great lineup of summer programming at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, which helps everyone understand the impact the Center is making on the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families as well as the importance of the resources that the Timber Pointe Foundation provides.

Timber Pointe Foundation board members would love to accompany you on a tour of Timber Pointe any time. Simply give us a call or email to arrange a time that is convenient for you!

Click here to view a printable 2016 Summer Schedule (PDF).

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