No gift is insignificant. I love to quilt and I cherish the life-long friends and experiences I have had through of my interest in quilting. Because I want to share this love with others, I donate to the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA. Recently I have learned that because of my giving, the museum was able to host people from more than 30 countries and 48 states who visited the museum’s exhibits and programs in 2015. My donations mean that the museum has staff, a building, and is open 11 months of the year to share the art and talent of quilts and their makers with more than 5,000 people each year. That’s more than 100,000 visitors since this small museum was founded 20 years ago!
As a non-profit, the VQM receives no federal or state funding, and is supported solely through private donations, gift shop sales, memberships and admission fees. I support this institution because it does what a single person couldn’t — widely share and preserve beautiful quilts created by my fellow Virginians ever since the early 1800s through today. As a retired teacher, I appreciate the museum’s educational programs which teach about the history of quilting, sharing the culture of Virginia with tourists, and above all showing off the talent and expertise of my fellow quilters. However, I have learned that although splashy public programs can be covered by grants, the daily operation and maintenance of antebellum building, caring for the textile collections, and staffing are basic costs. And big ones, such as when the roof leaks. That’s no time to apply for a grant.
My donations enable this museum to achieve my goal of sharing something I love with a broad, diversified audience, even on an international scale.
Feeling that no gift is insignificant, my giving isn’t limited to dollars. Even though the museum is located more than a two-hour drive from my home, I volunteer on site and can personally experience the thrill visitors get when they see and feel a love for quilts. As a native Virginian, I plan to continue to support my favorite museum which has become a favorite for so many others, also. www.vaquiltmuseum.org
Review from #MyGivingStory