Burpee Museum surpasses its 2001 fundraising goal!

Burpee Museum surpasses its 2001 fundraising goal!


Daniel Williams Jr., chair of the Burpee Museum’s Resource Development Committee announced that the Burpee’s recent annual campaign drive had exceeded its 2001 fundraising goal of $100,000 set last October. “Our entire team—the Board of Trustees, team captains, staff and everyone in the community who worked so hard to achieve this goal—deserves all the credit for this success,” stated Williams. “We raised $101,241 in just over three months. “That’s more than three times the amount we’ve ever raised in any of our previous annual fund drives.”

“The fact that we’ve achieved this success in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001—when contributions to most non-profit organizations fell off by as much as 10-20 percent is indeed remarkable,” said Rolf Thienemann, chair of the Burpee Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to all of our friends and supporters who recognize that the Burpee Museum is an important educational resource and a valuable asset to this community.”

“Beating our annual campaign goal completes our extremely successful operating year on a very high note,” said Lew Crampton, Burpee Museum president. “Attendance for the year 2001 is up over 20 percent, and we made significant progress in developing new family programs that serve every segment of our community. We also had a record breaking year in gaining financing for our programs and activities from government organizations, foundations, and local businesses. We have a great base to build on, and we look forward to an exciting and successful year for the Burpee in 2002.”

The money raised in the campaign will help support educational and family-oriented programs at the museum. The Burpee Museum has been an important Rockford educational resource for more than 60 years and, in addition to its permanent natural science exhibits, manages after-school workshops, offers discounted or free classes, workshops, story-hours, festivals, programming events, summer camps, school tours and teacher training. A state-of-the-art national and regional geology exhibit is scheduled to open in June of 2002, and many new and exciting family festivals and programming events have been added to the museum’s schedule.

For more information about the museum, the 2001 annual campaign, or to help support the museum in 2002, please call or write Renee Jensen, director of Development at 815.965.3433. The Burpee Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) institution, and all contributions to the museum are tax deductible.

The museum is located at 737 N. Main St. in Rockford. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

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