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Report from Association of Manitoba Museum

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:49 AM by Kathy Carr
The Manitoba Association of Manitoba Muse­u­ms annual conference was held at the beauti­ful Mennonite Mus­eum in Steinbach.
The first afternoon was a great deal of explanation and detail regarding long term support and income by the Winnipeg Community Foundation.
This is a long term support designed for smaller and mid-size museums in conjunction with Mani­toba Heritage Trust Prog­ram which our Manitoba Govern­ment has a vision to promote our heritage and help sustain museums. We are fortunate to have our own Com­munity Foun­dation. The vision is for maintaining our past and at the same time partnering to inc­rease tourist traffic for our community and pro­vince. The tracking of this vision is already proving to be an investment in our museum, archives and community within the province.
This is a three year program in which we have an opportunity to raise money not only for operating expenses, but dollars to achieve capital expenditures by creating an Endowment Fund.
Ideas for starting such a fund come from people in our communities and do not need to be large, but to achieve such a fund to start as the government has set aside this large fund to “stretch” our dollars for every two dollars we raise, the fund will put in a dollar. The Endow­ment Fund may be started by using ideas such as a donation for important birthdays, anniversaries or remembrance of our citizens. People who have fond memories of the community (i.e. people who spent part of their youth, visited grandparents or cousins who have lived here). The idea again is to sustain and grow our past and present maintaining a place in the community.
Thanks, your ideas are welcome, stay tuned for this exciting venture!
Submitted respectfully,
Marion Whitmore
Co-chair, Carberry Plains Museum
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