2015 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Waldheim House Restoration
The Waldheim House was built in 1876 in the village of Waldheim, just south of Morden, Manitoba. It is a log structure and was originally built with a thatched roof. It was the first building to be moved to this village and is our oldest building.
The log walls, the plaster interior and the thatched roof are all in need of restoration. It is important that these old artifacts continue to tell their stories for decades to come.
Village Centre Infrastructure
The Village Centre provides our guests with galleries, a gift shop and meeting rooms for a variety of functions. It also provides climate controlled spaces to preserve and exhibit our collection of artifacts.
This building was built in 1990 making it 25 years old. Virtually all the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. MHV is fortunate to have a building of this caliber, which allows us to protect our irreplaceable collection according to museum standards and host 40,000 visitors annually.
Other Designated Restoration Projects
In addition to these major projects, we continue to need ongoing funds for special projects such as building and artifact restorations that are needed in a village this size.
Every summer a large tent is erected to serve as a picnic shelter for corporate and family picnics, a shelter for children attending our Education Program, a venue for Festival entertainment and an overflow dining room for the Livery Barn Restaurant.
To replace this tent an open building with large overhead, glass doors and a concrete floor will provide our guests and clients with a more functional space for a variety of educational and entertainment events. This building, The Summer Pavilion, will also provide accessible washrooms for the Livery Barn Restaurant and a banquet venue for weddings, family gatherings, business luncheons and the like.
Mennonite Heritage Village operates with an expense budget of just under $1,000,000. Revenues to cover those expenses come from three sources, as illustrated in the pie chart. During the last six years, not only have we operated at a break-even point, we have also managed to do numerous improvements to the village including painting heritage buildings, replacing shingles, planting trees, replacing the boardwalk, just to name a few.
Last year our Freedom 15 campaign provided a strong start to the elimination of our debt. As stewards of resources given to us by our supporting constituency it is important that we function both efficiently and effectively. The elimination of this debt will also eliminate interest charges and thus reduce our operating costs.
The earnings of our endowment fund provide some operating revenue for our museum. We have a vision to build this fund to bring greater stability in an environment where annual donations and fundraising revenues can fluctuate.
HOW TO DONATE
Mennonite Heritage Village has three basic sources of revenue. Earnings from operations (60%), Government and Foundation Grants (20%), and Donations (20%). We invite donations in a variety of formats.
MHV is a registered not-for-profit. We typically issue receipts early in the year following the year in which we receive the donation.
We welcome cash, cheques and debit donations at any time. May and June are often the months in which we feel financial pressures in that we are spending money on programs, staff, facilities and the like while our summer income hasn’t really hit its stride yet.
Cheques should be made out to Mennonite Heritage Village and mailed to 231 PTH 12 North, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1T8.
Annually we will provide businesses and individuals the opportunity to sponsor festival events (Spring on the Farm, Canada Day, Pioneer Days, Fall on the Farm, Touch of Christmas), fundraising events (Tractor Trek, Golf Tournament, concerts, education program, summer students), exhibits, etc. Sponsors will be recognized at various levels (Sponsorship Program) in keeping with the level of the sponsorship.
Planned Giving instruments such as wills, insurance policies, independent foundations and preauthorized debits (PAD Form) are available for one-time or regular planned giving. We will be happy to discuss these with you.
Donations can be made on the MHV website through the services of Canada Helps. They charge us a modest fee for securely processing donations. Canada Helps issues charitable donation receipts for any donation they process. Links to their website can be found at the top of this page.
There are normally a number of capital projects that need attention. They may be large projects like a new building or a major landscape initiative. Or they may be somewhat more modest like a piece of equipment, technology or a building restoration. (Current Capital Project List) Typically no money will be spent until all of it has been raised.
An “in-kind” donation often refers to a gift of an object such as an artifact or a piece of equipment. It can also refer to financial instruments such as stocks. There are tax benefits to converting some of these instruments into in-kind donations. We will be happy to discuss these in more detail.