Give back to the museum on Giving Tuesday

Beth Boyce and Megan Purcell handle a delicate artifact in the Museum at Campbell River’s collections room. The museum is calling on the community to participate in Giving Tuesday and help them continue their work in preserving history as well as education.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday becoming huge events, there has been an international movement towards celebrating Giving Tuesday as a day to give back, either through donations or volunteerism.

This year Giving Tuesday falls on November 29.  The museum at Campbell River is hoping this year locals will consider signing up for monthly giving to help them maintain the momentum they have been building and to continue to do their part in creating a vibrant cultural sector that services the whole community.

The museum has had a great year, visitation is up, and their public and school programs are attracting thousands of people every year.

It is a community gathering space that offers programming that reaches a huge audience in the community.  This increase in service comes at a cost and their budget only stretches so far. The museum hopes to establish a community of givers, each contributing a small monthly amount, which can create a steady source of revenue to put towards their programs and exhibits.  The museum is happy to accept any amount in monthly donations and has offered some information about costs associated with running the Museum.

School programs are highly subsidized, with schools only paying a very small fee, and the Museum covering approximately $6 per child in costs.

Maintaining the collections and exhibits has many costs associated with it.   An acid free storage box for storing documents and photographs costs $15, and one day of maintenance of the permanent exhibits costs approximately $34.  Receiving and processing a single artifact for the collection costs on average $190.

For more information about how you can participate in Giving Tuesday and help the Museum with its goal of preserving the past to inform the future, call 250-287-3103.

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