Donations to MHV can be made in a variety of ways. One of the most common is simply to send a cheque, either for use where needed in our general operations or designated to a particular project. While we typically send a general appeal letter to our constituents once a year, we welcome donations of all sizes at any time of the year. In fact, between now and the end of May, when the museum will again start generating significant revenue, we often find our purse strings need to be managed most carefully.

Recently a number of donors have chosen to initiate monthly donations by way of automatic withdrawals from their chequing accounts, directly deposited into the chequing account of MHV. This is a wonderful solution, as it provides MHV with assured regular income and also simplifies the giving process for the donor. Anyone interested in setting up such a monthly donation should contact Stan Franz at [email protected].

Another simple method of donating is to “gift” invested shares to MHV. This can be done through a financial institution such as the Mennonite Foundation of Canada. Shares designated in that way for Mennonite Heritage Village will then be sold by the financial institution, and the cash proceeds will be forwarded to MHV.

Donating shares is one form of in-kind donation. An in-kind donation involves giving an asset rather than giving cash. Other forms of in-kind donations are also welcomed. All of the artifacts donated to MHV are in-kind donations. Vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, tools, and other functional items have also been donated at various times.

Another donation option is sponsorship of a variety of events and activities at MHV. Our festival event days, golf tournament and education program are examples of activities which typically receive designated funding from businesses and interested individuals. These sponsorships allow donors to direct funds to an area of their particular interest.

MHV is grateful for all donations we receive from our supporting constituency.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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