In early November, the Wayne County Foundation (Richmond, Indiana) issued a Challenge Match invitation to non-profit organizations in Wayne County. Organizations applying for the grant were required to specifically describe how the grant proceeds would be used. Based on this request, the Foundation would grant matching funds up to an approved amount for donations made to the non-profit organization between November 7 and 14, 2016.
The MTFCA was honored to be approved for a grant of up to $5,000, and we also received a "match the match" grant of $10,000 from an anonymous MTFCA member.
We are very pleased to report that the final results of the Challenge Match are now in and are reported below. We also received "Bonus Bucks" of $178 from the Wayne County Foundation for overachieving our goal.
Donations by Members, Chapters, and Richmond community: $28,245
Wayne County Foundation Grant: $5,178
Anonymous Member Match: $10,000
TOTAL DONATIONS: $43,423
Each donor could also indicate on the donation form if they wanted their donation to go to the Model T Museum or to the MTFCA Operating Fund. The results for this are as follows:
Museum Fund donations: $39,809
Operating Fund donations: $3,614
TOTAL DONATIONS: $43,423
Our specific goals for the Challenge Match donations were to support the opening of the Museum’s new Vintage Garage & Education Center and expanded education program, including hands-on learning experiences being developed for elementary grades through adult. Match funds will also be utilized for an Oral History Project focused on preserving the Model T Experience and other projects prioritized in our five-year plan.
Our thanks go to each and every donor for supporting the mission of the Model T Museum and the MTFCA. Thank you to the Wayne County Foundation and our anonymous club member for seeing and sharing the vision to preserve the legacy of the Model T for future generations. We pledge to be good stewards of the funds you have entrusted to us for these purposes.
The Model T Museum belongs to our members and supporters. We hope you will come visit us in 2017!
Submitted by: Susan Yaeger, MTFCA Executive Director and Keith Gumbinger, MTFCA Treasurer
Thank you Board and MTFCA members!
That is great news Susan, thank you for the update, and a big thank you to all the donors!
Regarding the education aspect of the use of funds, this is a key component to being able to retain the club's special tax status.
It is my understanding (from reading HCCA Gazette issues from the period) that one of the big reasons the HCCA were challenged and subsequently lost their special tax status was they couldn't demonstrate the education aspect of their activities to the satisfaction of the auditors.