EXCITING NEWS! Some donations have come in by check and as of today we are only $5,000 away from our goal! Keep in mind that the $68,800 we needed to raise was to cover critical costs until January 13, 2021. Today, an anonymous donor has agreed to match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000! This means, we can reach (and exceed our goal) to keep BB-61 afloat through January 13th.
Will you help us reach the finish line?
THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
While the Battleship IOWA Museum has operated safely outdoors since the end of May without a single Covid-19 case, we have been ordered to close by State and County order. This resulting closure will undoubtedly set us back and without an immediate increase in donations, we will have to cut expenses and wages during the holiday season.
We are tremendously sad that we have reached this point, but we are hopeful that our generous donors will help bridge the gap. We are optimistic that we can reopen by December 27th, but suspect that our closure will last until mid-January.With this said, to provide insight to where your donations are distributed, I am laying out below what one month of critical expenses during the pandemic is by category.
Please consider donating to one or more of the categories below to help us avert further cuts.
Will you help?
*Maintenance & Operations team including part-time janitors: $11,600/mo or $387 per day.
*Volunteer: $7,100/mo or $237 per day.
*Museum & Curatorial: $3,800/mo or $127 per day.
*Tour & Ticketing: $7,900/mo or $263 per day.
*Security: $5,100/mo or $170 per day.
*Sales: $3,100/mo or $103 per day.
*IT / Technology: $9,500/ mo or $317 per day.
*Insurance to cover pollution, hull, liability, etc.: $7,000/mo or $233 per day.
*Power at reduced usage: $5,100/mo or $170 per day.
*Rent: $8,600/mo or $287 per day.
Your gift at any level is greatly appreciated. Thank you for keeping the American Spirit alive now and for future generations!
P.S. As a thank you from our crew, everyone who donates $100 or more will receive a copy of the DVD: USS IOWA Honoring the American Spirit. While supplies last.