As you know, The National Quilt Museum is funded through the generosity of quilters and art enthusiasts. We receive no federal funding and our total state government and other grant funding was less than 8% of our total budget in 2016. Over the last few years, Mark Dunn of Moda Fabric has generously agreed to fund an annual matching campaign. During this 60 day campaign, EVERY DOLLAR donated to The National Quilt Museum is matched Dollar for Dollar by Mark Dunn. This is the Museum's largest and most important annual fundraiser.
The annual matching funds campaign started on December 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017. During this time, ALL MONEY DONATED WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR! We are reaching out to everyone passionate about quilting to help us maximize the dollars raised through this fundraising opportunity.
Thanks to supporters like you, 2016 will be the Museum's 6th consecutive year of visitor growth! In 2016 the Museum has been a global destination for quilters and art enthusiasts welcoming visitors from all 50 US states and over 46 foreign countries on every continent.
In addition to visitation, the Museum's youth and adult education programs continued to grow. In 2016, over 3,500 youth participated in Museum activities. Many of these youth have no other access to art programs as many regional schools have cut these programs back. Most of these programs are offered at discounted rates or completely free to youth that cannot otherwise participate.
Due to our promotion and advocacy efforts, over 400 online and offline publications wrote articles on the Museum and the work of today's quilters this year. Of special note, earlier this year Southern Living magazine named The National Quilt Museum as one of the best museums in the south. The list included museums such as the Kennedy Space Center and The High in Atlanta. This is definitely very high praise.
The Museum has also used its reach to partner for important causes this year. In September we came to terms on a partnership with the Susan G. Komen organization. This is an effort to further spread breast cancer education around the world.
To effectively continue expanding our efforts to promote the work of today's quilter worldwide requires the financial support of everyone passionate about quilting! For the cost of a few yards of fabric you can show your support for the Museum's work and the quilting community as a whole.
Thanks to people passionate about quilting like yourself, last year we were able to raise over $75,000 from the Year-End Campaign. We would like to make this the most successful Year-End Campaign ever!
We are attempting to raise $80,000 this year. The money raised will go into the Museum's general fund and be used to expand programs, expand promotional efforts, and make some necessary technology improvements within the building.
We know that many of you contribute to the Museum during the year, and we appreciate every donation. We are asking that everyone please make a special gift beyond your normal donation during this Matching Challenge and make your donation count twice.
All donations are tax-deductible. Donations may be made by credit card, check, or online.