Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Gave Ten


For nearly 20 years, Headwaters Science Center has served the Bemidji area and the Northern Minnesota region. However, due to a number of factors, the future of Headwaters Science Center is in jeopardy. We need your help to keep the doors open. Please show your support and help keep HSC a valuable and unique asset to the community and region.

“I GAVE TEN” is the theme of the HSC fundraiser beginning November 1, 2011. We are striving to motivate 4,000 supporters in our service area to donate a minimum of $10 each to secure a matching donation of $40,000 from an anonymous donor. This challenge has a December 15 deadline. Our ultimate goal is to raise $100,000.

HSC receives no direct public funding; we depend on grants, donations, store sales, and fees to support an annual operating budget of $229,000. Unfortunately, the current economic situation has depleted most grant opportunities and our current Director, Dr. Laddie Elwell, is retiring in February. Dr. Elwell has never received monetary compensation her 18 years of dedicated service and we are now faced with finding salary support for a new director. We need your help to overcome these challenging times.

November 16 has been selected as “Give to the Max Day” by GiveMN.org. This is an opportunity to donate on-line to Minnesota non-profits, including HSC. It allows donors to amplify their donations with up to $15,000 in prize grants! Last year, more than 42,000 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave over $10 million to Minnesota charities in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. See our web site for details or go to GiveMn.org.

What you can do to help make this a successful fund raising effort:

1. First, make a generous contribution. You can donate by mail, by phone with a credit card, or on-line with a credit card on our web site or GiveMN.org web site.

2. Talk to your friends about contributing - spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and other media.

3. Write a letter to the editor in your local paper explaining why HSC is important to you.

Please help us keep HSC functioning as a viable educational resource.

Need to learn more about HSC? View a fact sheet.

1 comment:

  1. Now is the time for folks in Bemidji and surrounding communities to step up to the plate and support this wonderful educational nonprofit organization. The U.S. is lagging behind other western Nations in science and technology education. Places like this help to fill the gap in our educational system.