The George Foundation has pledged a $1 million challenge grant to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center: A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston. The Museum plans to open a year-round location at the historic Imperial Development in the summer of 2015.
To meet the George Foundation’s challenge, the Museum must raise a matching $1 million by October 2013 from Fort Bend-based donors. The Discovery Center will occupy a 10,000 square foot restored building; it will house six exhibits with an additional outdoor space, and will give the Museum the opportunity to enrich the educational lives of Fort Bend’s children by expanding cultural and educational family-focused opportunities prevalent in Houston. The total fundraising goal of the entire project is $3.65 million.
“All of us at the Children’s Museum are honored to receive this challenge from the George Foundation for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center,” said Children’s Museum of Houston Executive Director Tammie Kahn. “The additional outpouring of positive support from the Fort Bend community for this project has been overwhelming. We are already hard at work bringing to life the ideas that will make the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center a true landmark for all of Fort Bend’s families,” said Kahn.
The Museum has delivered outreach programming to low income families living in Fort Bend since the mid 1990s. It has worked with more than 40 partners in the community to ensure that underserved populations get free access to the Museum and to raise awareness about the Museum’s family learning programming.
“I am excited so many more children, parents and teachers will have the opportunity to experience the wonder of our Children’s Museum of Houston,” said CMH board member, Sugar Land resident, and Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair Charlene Pate. “The Fort Bend community values education, and there is no place more exciting to learn than in our Museum,” said Pate.
“The George Foundation Trustees are very interested in fostering the development of Fort Bend’s children. They also know many parents wish to provide access to as many learning experiences as possible for their children, “said George Foundation Grant Officer Dee Koch. “Having the Children’s Discovery Center in Fort Bend County will give more parents the ability to enrich their children’s lives right in their own backyard. The Children’s Discovery Center will not only be an asset today but for years to come for thousands of Fort Bend County families,” said Koch.
Leading Discovery Center fundraising will be Fort Bend resident and campaign manager, Mandi Bronsell, who has 15 years of experience in fundraising. Bronsell has lived in Fort Bend her entire life and is now raising her three children in Richmond. “There’s no place like the Children’s Museum anywhere in the Fort Bend area,” said Bronsell. “Families in Fort Bend will be enthusiastic about the project and will embrace it with open arms once they realize the potential it has in creating learning opportunities for their children.”
For giving opportunities, please contact campaign manager Mandi Bronsell at (281) 282-7476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.