Annual Appeal Letters
by FHS President Jeff Ferrera-Pro
Dear Valued Members and Supporters,
In your personal giving do you prefer to give to organizations with a great need or organizations that are making a great difference? If making a difference in helping meet vital needs is important to you, I’d like to encourage you to consider making a financial donation to the Folsom Historical Society. Here’s some examples of our impact so far in 2019. Your donation will help us further expand our efforts in these as well as other activities that greatly promote the ongoing mission of the FHS:
Our school field trip program continues to grow. Thanks to the hard work of our Education Director, Karla Davis – and to free transportation for school groups anywhere in the Sacramento region provided by Sacramento Regional Transit – last year we hosted close to 1000 children and gave them an opportunity to experience their local history in memorable ways they can’t get in a classroom. With your funding help, we hope to increase that number dramatically while enabling more schools with underrepresented and underserved populations an opportunity for a field trip to study our history.
The first phase of construction for the future Folsom Chinese Heritage Museum begins this month, and we’re aiming to complete a new foundation and roof before the end of the year. This is made possible by two sold-out fundraising events (an historical Chinese garment fashion show hosted by the Chinese American Council of Sacramento and our first annual Chinese Heritage dinner at Fat’s Asia Bistro). That moved us closer to receiving $290,000 that has been pledged to the project - if we can match it with other donors.
We’re continuing our collaboration with the City of Folsom, Folsom Tourism Bureau, Sutter Street Merchants, Railroad Museum and Folsom Powerhouse Museum to implement a shared marketing strategy for attracting more visitors to the Historic District. And we’re only paying 11% of the cost!
We’ve been awarded a grant from the Impact Foundry – Northern California's Nonprofit Resource Center – to be part of their year-long “Certified Sustainable” program starting in September. This will give us access to many free training classes as well as our graduation gift – a financial sustainability plan to insure we can continue to make a difference for years to come.
We’ve been awarded a $25,000 Encore Fellowship grant from the American Leadership Forum and Intel to Tony Santiago, who recently retired from Intel and has joined our staff half-time for the next 12 months at no cost to us. Tony will be taking the lead for the Certified Sustainable program as well as guiding our progress toward gaining full accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.
None of this would have been possible without Anthony Ikeda-Kolar, our dedicated and hard-working Executive Director for the past 4 years. Anthony will be stepping down by the end of the year. I am grateful beyond words for all he has done for us – and for giving us plenty of time to find his successor! Anthony has brought us to this point of incredible success and all of us on the Board are determined to build upon Anthony’s many contributions.
As you can see, your contribution isn’t just a gift to a charity. It is an investment in our community! Please consider donating on-line at www.folsomhistoricalsociety.org, or mail your donation to the Folsom Historical Society at 823 Sutter Street, Folsom, CA, 95630-2440.
Also, please consider leaving a legacy for future generations by including the FHS in your will, trust, or beneficiary designations, For more information, you can still contact Anthony at either (916-985-2707) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Ferreira-Pro – President, Folsom Historical Society