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MSHS Financial Report to Members
Thank you to everyone who contributes to the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. We know that you have many choices of organizations to support, and we’re honored that you choose MSHS to be one of them!
We’d like to update you about our financial picture and the encouraging results of our fundraising efforts in the fiscal year that ended June 30th. With generous contributions throughout the year, and a generous challenge matching grant for new and increased gifts, we had a strong finish to the year’s fundraising efforts. We also received new foundation and corporate support for our Garden-in-a-Box program. Total contributions increased - a significant result given these economic times.
We have many people to thank: loyal donors who maintained or increased their gift; new donors who responded to our appeal asking every member to contribute; monthly sustaining auto-donors; garden clubs, plant societies, foundation and corporate donors including businesses that match employee gifts; those who donated speaker fees or donated non-cash gifts; and Heirloom Circle donors whose legacy gifts are a commitment to MSHS’ future.
Click here to see our Honor Roll of Donors from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
MSHS Financial Picture
The MSHS board and staff are serious about our role as stewards of the 146 year legacy and the financial health of MSHS.
On the revenue side, we promoted memberships and subscriptions at every possible opportunity.We market our educational programs and collaborated with garden clubs and other groups on sponsorships and promotion. We expanded opportunities for giving and volunteering. Advertising revenues and rebate programs from local and national businesses provided a source of support.
Looking Ahead - and Looking to YOU
Memberships, subscriptions, class fees, merchandise sales, advertising - and the many hours contributed by our amazing volunteers - provide vital revenue to keep MSHS working as a reliable tool for northern gardeners. But we also depend upon contributions from members and friends to keep MSHS financially healthy and able to serve today’s and tomorrow’s gardeners.
For the new fiscal year, we have a fundraising goal of $150,000. New technology tools will enable us to be a better resource for our members, reach out to gardeners throughout the state, provide more educational programs online, and operate more efficiently. By reaching this goal, we can expand our Garden-in-a-Box program to serve more families in need, bring Minnesota Green’s community revitalization efforts to new areas, offer more information about gardening for environmental sustainability, and reach out to young and novice gardeners while continuing to serve our experienced members well.
We can meet this goal if each of our 10,000 members and subscribers made a $15 gift. Like an old fashioned barn-raising, many hands make the work light. This year, we are asking every member and subscriber to include MSHS in your giving plans. Add a gift when you renew your membership or subscription, include MSHS in your year end giving, sign up for the auto-donation program, give someone a membership or subscription, or make a gift online.
If you haven’t given to MSHS in the past, we ask you to make a gift of whatever amount is right for you. If you are already a donor, we ask you to continue your support and increase it if you can.
However you give and whatever amount, your gift will keep MSHS working for you and the whole community - continuing its tradition of service for northern gardeners. Thank you.
Mary Maguire Lerman