It’s been nearly five years since the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum established the WCHM Perpetuity Endowment Fund “to ensure the financial stability and continued operations of WCHM for the long term.” Established by an initial fundraising campaign that netted $30,000, it has since grown by 50% while being managed by the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, an arm of the Wisconsin Historical Society. “We need to continue growing this fund,” says WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke, “if we want to make sure the museum is still here in ten, twenty, thirty years and beyond.”
To that end WCHM has set a goal of raising another $30,000 for the fund in an end-of-the-year campaign to grow the fund by over 60% by February 1, 2022. An enthusiastic donor has already agreed to match all donations in the campaign up to $10,000, and the WCHM Board has agreed to transfer monies to the fund equal to the donations raised also up to $10,000. “So we’re already two-thirds of the way there,” explains Malischke, “and each new donation will be tripled in value until we reach our goal.” Plus all contributions of $500 or more will have the donors name added to the permanently displayed Endowment Establishment Plaque in the museum. “This is a great opportunity to make a contribution that will really count towards the long term future of the museum.”
Contributions can be made through the Donate button on the WCHM website at www.WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org or directly through the campaign website at www.mightycause.com/donate/Wisconsin-Canoe-Museum.