Letter to the Editor: Seeking community support for livelihood of KidZone Museum
Dear North Tahoe and Truckee residents and business owners,
This is the first time in seven-plus years that the KidZone Museum has had to ask our families and our community for emergency financial support. We are critically low on funds and have already completed all our major fundraising (mailing our year-end letter, securing many grants and working to increase membership income).
Donations in 2012 were lower than expected due to the economy, and we currently have only $7,000 in our bank account. The museum staff have already cut their work hours to help with this situation. Our unexpended government grants are restricted to specific programs and cannot be used for general operating. This money is not in the bank; we spend it, and then the grantor reimburses the museum.
We need to raise $10,000 prior to June 2012 when additional funding is expected. The museum has never had reserves and for 20 years has survived month to month on a very conservative budget. We have been conscientious with our expenses, but it does not take much to be in our current situation. The good part is that we just need a little support from numerous people to keep the Museum operating. To maintain national excellence and a place where 20,000 plus annual visits from families who come to play, the Museum relies on the generous support of volunteers, benefactors and donors.
If you are able to make a donation to the Museum prior to April 1, 2012, your kind gesture will help us tremendously. Contact Carol Meagher, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 530-320-5613.
Donations may be directly mailed to The KidZone Museum at 11711 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee CA 96161.
Executive Director, KidZone Museum
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