The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a cultural and educational treasure for the community-whether it is the serenity of our nature trails, the dynamic programs we offer families, or the model educational benefits we provide for school children. Our growth depends on the generosity of our donors. We are so grateful for our friends' past support toward our Annual Appeal. An investment in us with an end-of-year gift is meaningful.
We are proud of our achievements last year, highlighted in our 2012-2013 Annual Report. Among all of our programs, our highly-regarded education programs continue to show strong gains. The Art, Nature & Me preschool grew 11% with a waiting list of more than 60 applicants for next year. The SM&NC-Aligned-With-The-Schools program, an enhancement of the Connecticut school curricula, saw a surge of 44% and reached 10,000 students from underserved school districts. Membership, corporate volunteer programs, exhibition attendance, all saw robust growth last year, making 2012-2013 a great success overall.
Annual Appeal giving is powerful. Your 100% tax-deductible contribution supports everything we do here. Admission fees to festivals, events, and programs cover only a portion of operating expenses for this 118-acre treasure and safe haven for families. Your support helps us to operate as a top-flight cultural, recreational, and educational resource for the community.
Please contribute as generously as you can. If you work for a company with a Matching Gift Program, you can make your gift twice as significant. Please contact Gerri Goerke in the Development Office at 203.977.6548 with any questions.
We thank you in advance for all you do to keep us vibrant. We are eager to have you share in our successes in the year ahead. Your thoughtful contribution will be gratefully received and deeply appreciated.
|William M. Aron|
SM&NC Board of Directors
|Melissa H. Mulrooney|