For the next two months, the Summerland Museum and Archives will take time to get to know potential partners and supporters and work to envision a bright future together.
The new fundraising campaign, Light at the Museum, begins Sept. 10 and continues to Nov. 10.
The fundraising goal is $10,000.
“Those of us who work inside the museum are constantly inspired by the efforts of local researchers and young staff members,” said Chad Douglas, who was contracted by the museum in April to complete a Fundraising Needs Assessment and Action Plan.
“This campaign shines new light on Summerland’s past and the museum’s potential so others sense the excitement we feel every day.”
The plan, which can be seen at summerlandmuseum.org, was made possible by a grant from the BC Rural Dividend Program.
The five-year plan has an overall goal of raising $300,000 and reducing the museum’s financial dependence on grants.
At present, the museum relies on grants, with the largest being an annual grant from the District of Summerland for 88 per cent of its revenue.
While its space has become outdated since it was purpose-built 35 years ago, Summerland Museum wants to show its supporters that long-lasting relationships are not a thing of the past.
“We are grateful for the support we receive from the District and our members and volunteers,” said museum administrator Claire Macdonald. “Light at the Museum allows us to have conversations with those who continue to visit us and support us and just say thank you.”
The museum will have information on Light at the Museum at the Summerland Fall Fair, Sept. 7 and 8. The first campaign event is the SMAsh Retro Tennis FUNdraiser, Sept. 21 and 22 at Lakeshore Racquets Club. Donations are accepted and tickets are available at summerlandmuseum.org.