The Museum of the Oregon Territory opened its doors to the public on September 8, 1990. Now, approaching the museum's 30th anniversary, the Clackamas County Historical Society is facing a dire situation.
CCHS receives 40% of its revenue from Tumwater Ballroom rentals. We rely heavily on these events to provide the means to meet our mission. Unfortunately the third floor's aging HVAC system completely failed, leaving the Museum of the Oregon Territory building unable to provide a comfortable rental space for groups. As we draw nearer to regaining the ability to host larger events, it is imperative that we replace this inoperable system.
To put things in perspective, CCHS’s annual expenses hover around $183,000. The complete overhaul of the HVAC system will cost approximately $148,000.
Without the Tumwater Ballroom, it's only a matter of time until we run through our reserves and cease operations. Without financial assistance, we may not last to 2021. We need your help!
For more information visit our website at clackamashistory.org
Photo courtesy of Daryl Robbins.
Why is your GoFundMe Campaign more expensive than the cost to replace the HVAC?
GoFundMe has processing fees, and even at a non-profit guaranteed rate of 97.5% that still adds up to about $3700. While we know this is already a big ask, we have to account for this discrepency when asking for donations.
Have you considered replacing your staff with volunteers to help mitigate costs?
We have an amazing team of 75 volunteers and 3 part-time staff, but unfortunately even with staff running on "Work only as necessary" hours there are still other costs we have to contend with. Most of these additional costs are from building maintenance, such as the climate controlled rooms we use to preserve our artifacts.
Have you tried looking for cheaper bids?
We are currently investigating that, yes, however costs are likely to remain high due to the fact that replacing the old HVAC system will be labor intensive.
I donated via Paypal/Check/Cash, is my donation displayed here?
Yes, if you donated to our cause through other means then your contribution will eventually be displayed here, though it will take some time before it does. For privacy reasons we will not disclose the name of the donors and will add donations in total lump sums. Thank you to everyone who has answered our call for aid. As a nonprofit that relies on donations to keep in operations, we quite literally wouldn't be here without you.