Bone Creek Receives BCAFF Expansion Grant | New
The Butler County Area Foundation Fund recently presented a very large check – $ 100,000 – to the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art.
The BCAFF held a special meeting on November 1 to celebrate the $ 100,000 grant, which it will provide to the museum over five years. The museum will receive the first $ 20,000 this month.
The BCAFF has worked to increase its endowment in recent years, with help from the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), a nonprofit organization that supports the growth of philanthropy in communities around Nebraska.
At the November 1 meeting, NCF COO KC Belitz congratulated the BCAFF for the work it has done since the organization was established almost 40 years ago.
“Dude, the next 40 are going to be amazing,” Belitz said. “We are certainly delighted to be here.”
The BCAFF is not yet finished this year, however – at the meeting, BCAFF President Kent Clymer said they would announce an additional $ 30,000 in grants this year.
“(Carol Fuxa of the BCAFF Grant Selection Committee recently said) ‘You probably don’t understand how much fun it is – I remember the first time we came up with $ 10,000,'” Clymer said. “I was talking to… a former board member, and he was like, ‘Yeah, when we got to $ 5,000, we thought we had something.’ And we’re giving out four or five grants this year over $ 5,000. “
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Clymer said it’s exciting to be able to support the efforts of other community groups.
“The good thing is we can give them an economic boost to get them out and doing these things,” Clymer said.
The museum will use its BCAFF grant to support the Bone Creek Museum Campaign, a fundraising effort to expand the capacity of the museum. So far, the museum has raised $ 1.1 million for a goal of $ 3.9 million.
“Thank you, we are all extremely grateful for the grant you have so generously given us. It is exciting,” said Museum Board Chair Ruth Thoendel at the November 1 BCAFF meeting.
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to move the museum from its current headquarters at 575 E St. in David City to the Ford Building, 312 Fifth St. in David City.
The Ford building was recently donated to the museum, and the museum’s board of trustees and volunteers have been working to clean the building over the past few months.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 13, the museum is hosting an event at the Ford Building, where the Bone Creek Museum Campaign Steering Committee will present plans to restore the Ford Building and relocate the museum there.
Visitors will have the chance to tour the historic property and enjoy selected works of art, special music, speakers, and food.
The November 13 event, Thoendel said, will serve as the public kickoff for the Bone Creek Museum campaign.
“We’ve been quietly raising funds for a few weeks now and we’ve already raised over a million dollars,” Thoendel said.
There is still some way to go before the campaign hits its goal of $ 3.9 million, Thoendel said, but those interested can head to the Nov. 13 event to learn more about the campaign. expansion and relocation. Further information is also available online at campaign.bonecreek.org.
Molly Hunter is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Contact her by email at [email protected]net.