A year and a half after receiving approval to move into a larger location downtown, a local children’s museum is still working to collect donations to meet its fundraising goal.
Jonathan Mills, a member of the Kidzu Board of Directors and soon-to-be chairman of the capital campaign committee, says the museum is on track to complete its fundraising by late 2014.
The museum expects a major contribution to its efforts to come through a challenge grant it will soon receive, the donor of which will be announced in coming weeks, Mills said.
“If we raise ‘X’ amount of dollars, they will give us ‘X’ amount of dollars,” he said.
Kidzu, a museum for children located at 105 E. Franklin St., received permission in November 2009 from the town to lease the Wallace Parking Plaza on Rosemary Street for $1 per year for 99 years.
The move will cost between $11 million and $11.5 million, but the town’s donation of the plaza contributed $4 million, Mills said.
Kidzu received a $1 million pledge and $225,000 in donations, and the museum expects to continue raising money through donations from individuals, foundations and businesses in the community, Mills said.
Despite a slow economy, Mills said Kidzu’s donor base has grown during the last 18 months thanks to the efforts of the board of directors and volunteers.
And as the economy turns around, Mills said he expects the support base to grow even more.