Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) is a registered charity, so fundraising is a major activity for us. While we cover about 60% of our expenses with revenue from our own business entities – the Livery Barn Restaurant, Village Books and Gifts, facility rentals, and admission sales – we need to engage in various forms of fundraising in order to cover about 25% of expenses. The other approximately 15% is normally funded by various government grants.
Our earliest campaign of the year is typically our search for sponsors. Right now our list of sponsors includes 62 businesses and individuals who value the work of MHV and who have chosen to support a particular element of our program. We try to acknowledge their generosity through signs in the Village, a sponsor page on our website, verbal mentions at our festival events, and in other ways.
Our Tractor Trek is usually our first official fundraising event, happening on June 11 this year. Vintage tractor owners and drivers will each raise sponsorship for a 50-km ride around the countryside on tractors that are at least 50 years old. This event is always a joint venture between MHV and Eden Foundation.
June 17-19 we will move our MHV waffle and vanilla-sauce production to Steinbach’s Main Street and expect to sell approximately 1,000 waffles to Summer in the City festival attendees. This is a large undertaking and involves dozens of volunteers to make it successful.
This year our annual Heritage Classic golf tournament has been moved from early September to August 10. It will again be held at The Links at Quarry Oaks. Golfers are invited to join us for a Texas Scramble tournament and dinner.
Supper From the Field, featuring locally grown food, will take place September 18. This year we will be moving the meal from the Livery Barn Restaurant to our Auditorium. Further information will be released closer to that date.
We are also pleased to announce that we are currently working on an innovative and unique fundraising event, which we have never done before and have not seen previously in our community. Whereas some of our MHV events tend to be more appealing to men than women, this new event will likely be most appealing to women. Details will be released as they are developed.
Last but certainly not least, we are also putting substantial effort into our capital development initiative, Foundations for a Strong Future. This includes informing our constituency of our plans, connecting with people who value the work of MHV, and writing grant applications to governments and foundations. This initiative will allow us to build a new Summer Pavilion to replace our big white tent, restore a number of heritage buildings, replace all the 26-year old furnaces and air conditioners in our Village Centre, pay down our debt, and supplement our endowment fund. We are aiming to raise $3,000,000 to cover all of these areas. MHV will have a strong foundation from which to continue its mission when this initiative is complete.
Many people will agree that asking for donations isn’t always a comfortable task. We are grateful to all who make the asking easy, even those who must decline but do so kindly and graciously.
Calendar of Events
- June 5 – 32nd annual Lions Charity Car Show; 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- June 11 – Tractor Trek fundraising event; Leaving MHV at 9:45 AM
- June 12 – Southeast Implement Collectors’ Tractor Show – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- July 1 – Steinbach’s Canada Day festivities – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM