For several years now we've slowly been building an Endowment Fund here at the Museum. Our goal is to be able to pay staff salaries out of the Endowment, so that we are not dependent on grants to fund our necessary positions.
Last year we won a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge grant to help us in our quest to build the Museum's Endowment Fund to over $1 million dollars. Through this grant, over the next 5 years the NEH would match 3 to1 any funds we raised. We've held 10 FriendRaisers in the last fiscal year and raised our goal amount of $10,000.
Through donations and hard work we have raised over $173,000 of the $195,000 needed by July 31, 2015 to make the Challenge Grant's goal and continue with the NEH program.
As of last week we were $21,000 off that number. One generous Museum Member, on hearing this, donated $5,000 last week. Another member has pledged an additional $500. As of today we are less than $17,000 off our target number!
As our members and supporters we are hoping that you will help us reach that $17,000 by the end of July. Please consider donating, through our website or by mail, to the IVDM Endowment Fund. Your generous donation will be matched 3:1 by the National Endowment of the Humanities. Our staff thanks you in advance for your help!
Checks can be written to:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum Society
P.O. Box 2455
El Centro, CA 92243
Please let us know if you have any questions, feel free to email us or call (760) 358-7016