March, 2011Thanks to a $10-million challenge grant made by an anonymous donor, Museum of Nature & Science officials are closing in on their Final Fifty goal to complete the $185-million expansion campaign by year’s end. Inspired by the grant, Museum leaders are launching a community-wide fundraising campaign called “Every Dollar Counts…Twice!” in support of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, currently under construction in Victory Park and projected to open early 2013.
“We recently hit the $153-million mark, leaving us $32 million to raise before the end of 2011,” said Forrest Hoglund, chair of the Perot Museum Expansion Campaign. “This fantastic $10-million challenge grant will act as a huge catalyst inspiring donations of every size. It essentially doubles the impact of each dollar contributed and gives everyone a new incentive to help build the new Perot Museum.”
Nicole Small, chief executive officer of the Museum of Nature & Science, said the grant is restricted to new gifts of any size, which will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The donations must be paid within a 20-month period spanning now through October 31, 2012.
Small added that the “Every Dollar Counts…Twice!” seeks donations of all sizes from all parts of the community. Donors can give online through the Museum’s website and will be recognized on a special page that will track the results of the challenge grant.
“The Perot Museum is being built for all of Dallas and North Texas, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to help build it,” said Small. “Large or small, every donation is important!”
This is the first time the Museum of Nature & Science has received a campaign challenge grant, and Hoglund is thrilled.
“This just illustrates the forward momentum of the Final Fifty campaign,” he added. “This wonderful gift is providing a big boost that’s going to make a meaningful difference.”
To donate to the Expansion Campaign, please visit our website at natureandscience.org and click on “Donate Now” or contact Mary Crain at 972-201-0555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 972-201-0555 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and the expansion campaign, please go to natureandscience.org.
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