IF WE ONLY HAD A NICKEL
If we only had a nickel for each of the 245 million annual visitors to the National Forests and Grasslands, we could invite them to explore a century of multiple-use conservation linking the nation’s past to its present and future.
Each nickel would be invested in the Museum’s capital campaign designed to support a national interpretative and education program that is financially sustained by admissions, membership, program fees and special events. Now that’s a smart investment!
We would invest each nickel in the challenge campaign to:
BUILD the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center.
LAUNCH the National Traveling Exhibit Program.
PILOT the Virtual Storytelling Galleries.
INCREASE public access to the Museum’s remarkable collections.
The Museum has taken action to prepare the site for construction, develop the architectural plans and envision the Center’s exhibits, theater presentations and programs. Now it’s time to open the doors.
It will take a total investment of over $14.5 million to build the Center. With the support of the Forest Service, individuals, foundations and companies, the NMFSH has already attracted nearly $4 million – 27% of the goal.
Now we are geared up to raise $10.7 million. About half of these contributions will fund construction of the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center and half will fund the exhibits and theater presentation.
To date, for every dollar individuals contributed to the Museum’s Capital Campaign, we succeeded in attracting $2 in public and corporate support. With new matching grant opportunities, for every dollar individuals contribute to the Capital Campaign the Museum has the opportunity to attract $3 in public support, $2 in foundation grants and $1 in corporate contributions. That’s $6 for every $1 you contribute.
The Board of Directors increased the capital campaign goal 14% in February, 2013, from $12.7 million to $14.5 million. The goal was increased because of building and road construction cost inflation since the original 2009 construction estimates. The cost to design interpretive museum exhibits was also increased after review of the 2007 cost estimates and the museum’s experience with the traveling exhibit design costs in 2012.