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Make a Donation to the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.

Few publicly funded museums, especially those which charge no admission, can achieve excellence without private support.  The aspirations of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. are high.   We want the Estes Park Museum to be “the premier local history regional museum in Colorado.” Making that happen requires your help.

Your gifts provide the all-important margin of difference.

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Ways to donate:

Donate on-line now! Choose your amount and use your credit card to donate on-line!

Make checks payable to Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Estes Park Museum Friends

200 Fourth Street

Estes Park, CO 80517

For additional information about donation opportunities, please call (970) 586-6256, ext. 4

Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to provide support for the Estes Park Museum.

The Foundation Committee of the EPMF&F, Inc.

A Foundation Committee was established to oversee the acquisition and investment of funds with the purpose of allowing gifts and income to accumulate until a minimum of $500,000 has been raised. When this amount is reached grants from this fund will be made annually to the Estes Park Museum and may be used for capital improvements.

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. is proud to have an investment  with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and will gladly accept your donations to this fund.

A community foundation is an independent philanthropic organization working in a specific geographic area to manage a collection of endowed funds from many donors in the community.  The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado meets national standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. This accreditation provides our donors with peace of mind and the knowledge that funds are managed in compliance with established best practices and the highest standards for community philanthropy.

The CFNC is a vehicle for charitable giving. When you make your tax-deductible gift to the Community Foundation, you directly impact the charitable organizations or projects of your choice. By pooling charitable funds for greater investment return, we keep overhead expenses low and ensure that 98-100% percent of each contribution reaches the recipient nonprofit organization. This allows donors to do more with what they have to give.

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The Friends have an annual campaign to gather funds for various important projects. In recent years, these funds have been used to:

  • Create a children’s book to teach Estes Park history in local schools. Tracks in Time: A Children’s History of Estes Park was published in 2012. A companion book, Exploring the Park Together: A Family Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Park. These delightful books are a collaboration by the “three Pat’s”: Patricia Pickering, Patricia Washburn and illustrated by Patricia Greenberg.
  • The Friends Press’ best selling publication, A Slice of History and a Piece of Pie, by Nancy Pickering Thomas, invites you to see what early Estes Park families served their friends along with a good helping of history. Family recipes included.
  • The Event Garden, an area behind the Museum as a venue for receptions and programs was built, the back wall refurbished, plants, and drip irrigation system installed. Funded the 2006-07 Friends History Theatre summer production of The Death of Rocky Mountain Jim.
  • Your contributions are funding some very exciting changes to your Museum planned for this spring! Projects include capturing oral histories related to the September 2013 flood and remodeling the foyer and exhibit areas leading to a better visitor experience.
  • Donations helped the Friends Press produce the volume Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Places, by William Butler.
  • Donations to the year’s Annual Fund are being used to create a first-ever Acquisitions Fund for the Museum staff to purchase items related to Estes Park’s history. Although the Friends often purchase items for the Museum’s permanent collection, the staff has relied heavily on the generosity of the public for the donation of historic objects.  This has left some gaps in the collection. The new Acquisitions Fund will allow the staff to purchase historic objects that will broaden and deepen the collection as they become available.