Reasons the Power of Philanthropy Provides Endless Opportunities

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Happy National Philanthropy Day! Each year on November 15, community organizations around the country celebrate the importance of working together for the common good. Today, we reflect on the power of giving and all that it makes possible.

Gifts and deeds of all sizes are philanthropic—and Conner Prairie celebrates them all. Today, and every day, we express our deep gratitude to the individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, members, and volunteers who support Conner Prairie. Each of you help Conner Prairie to grow and evolve.

Take a look at how the power of philanthropy has changed Conner Prairie in the past, in the present, and in the future.

Philanthropy in Conner Prairie’s Past

Family riding 1859 Balloon Voyage

Philanthropy comes in all shapes and sizes. What may seem like a small gift to some—$18.59—can accomplish a lot when we all come together.

In 2009, Conner Prairie debuted the 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit, celebrating innovation and the first successful airmail delivery in the U.S. Since then, Reynolds Farm Equipment and dozens of individual donors of $18.59 have helped us refresh the balloon exhibit space and invest in a new balloon envelope.

It means so much when community members choose to invest in our community by supporting Conner Prairie—whether that’s individuals or local companies.

Philanthropy at Conner Prairie in the Present

In addition to different sizes, not all philanthropic gifts are monetary, nor are they always connected to an event or an exhibit. Philanthropy is the driving force behind all daily museum operations, and that includes support from donors, members and volunteers.

Financial support from donors and members help offset two thirds of the cost of our daily museum experience. And every day, our generous volunteers can be found working with guests and behind the scenes.

Philanthropy at Conner Prairie in the Future

As we look to the future, the opportunities for philanthropy are endless. We recently announced plans to activate more of our land, renovate our Welcome Center to increase indoor experience areas, and tell more diverse stories throughout our grounds. We are deeply grateful to the generous donors who have collectively committed more than $15 million to the Prairie Pathways Campaign—but we aren’t finished yet. Any contribution to this campaign is welcome—time, talent, or treasure. Learn more or donate here.

Erin Silcox

About the Author

Erin Silcox is the Senior Manager of Donor Relations and Stewardship at Conner Prairie, responsible for ensuring that Conner Prairie donors see and feel the impact their donations make for our guests, staff, and the community.