Help your community museum reopen strong

About the Project

Sandy Spring Museum prides itself on serving as the community gathering place, something we need now more than ever.  When this crisis is over, we want to reopen in as strong a position as possible.  In order to do that, we are asking  you – a member of the Museum Family - for your help.

Each year Sandy Spring Museum collaborates with dozens of individuals and groups to share community-generated programs – exhibits, classes, workshops, live music, and other special events, that serve over 20,000 people in our local community. We are also the home to eleven resident artists; we maintain an archives and artifact collection; and we are the home to the community’s most favorite event - the annual Strawberry Festival.  The Coronavirus has had a devastating economic impact on the Museum.  Our financial losses are estimated to be about $54,000 each month. While helping to offset a portion of these losses, your gift at any level will also be matched up to our $10,000 goal by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

How these funds will be used:
Your contribution will help support the behind-the-scenes work that makes Sandy Spring Museum an integral part of the community.  Specifically funds will cover payroll while all on-site programs and income are suspended.  Some of the things staff are working on include rescheduling the Strawberry Festival and the spring History Happy Hours, completing capital projects, communicating with people who were planning on getting married at the museum in May...the list goes on and on.

We especially need to continue to pay and retain our staff members so that they can work remotely to implement new ways to connect with the community -- such as through virtual exhibitions and other online programming -- while also working to prepare future exhibits, programming and events for when the Museum is able to reopen. 

As news develops day-by-day around COVID-19, it is uncertain as to when the Museum will welcome visitors. However we know that when that time comes, people will be eager to gather at the Museum.  We're doing everything we can to ensure that our community-generated programming is ready to resume. 

Once again, your gift at any level will be matched and all contributions will have an immediate impact on helping Sandy Spring Museum get through this crisis. Thank You!


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$10,610.16 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 49 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    You will be thanked with a virtual hug!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    You will be rewarded with a virtual first bump!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    A handwritten thank you note, composed by an actual (not virtual) person, will be sent to you as a token of thanks.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Our virtual heartfelt gratitude and a handwritten note will be sent in thanks.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    You will be rewarded with the knowledge that you are a Museum hero!
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$610.16 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,610.16 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 49 days ago

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