BUY a membership and GIFT ONE + DONATION = Special GIFT of a Robin Lehman glass paperweight.
Since March 2020, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass supporters have played an integral role in helping the museum to adopt innovative ways to reach our audiences, despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic. We will continue with providing new virtual offerings throughout the year, even as we begin returning to full in-person programming!
Our success would not be possible without your support! Help our museum “grow” this spring and please consider donating to the museum’s 2021 Spring Fund Drive.
“The educational programs, fascinating exhibits, and fun events continue to be fresh and inspiring due to the exceptional work by the passionate staff and volunteers. Seeing visitors in the galleries, or taking part in classes is rewarding for me. Watching the wonder and awe in children’s eyes or the moments of peace as others escape the stress from the outside world, even if only for a brief amount of time is what inspires me to continue to support this treasure that graces our world. By giving gifts of patronage, financial, & art glass donations I hope to play a role to ensure the museum’s longevity for generations to come. ”
– Rosann Baum Milius
$100 will support a creative activity for K-12 students
$250 will fund an Art Activity Day where families make together
$500 will provide a studio experience for people with memory loss
$1,000 will underwrite a creative activity for underserved audiences
$2,500 will fund free admission to the museum for all
$5,000 will provide a new work of art to inspire
$10,000 will sponsor an exhibition season
Name your gift and imagine the possibilities
For donations of art, please contact Amy Moorefield, Executive Director, at 920.751.4658, x301.
Mabel R. McClanahan Study Gallery: Leaving a Legacy of Education
The Mabel R. McClanahan Memorial Study Gallery is a gift from long-time friends of the museum, Gary and Marge McClanahan, in memory of Gary’s mother, Mabel. Born and raised near Doering, WI, Mabel R. McClanahan (1918-2012) moved to Appleton in 1946 to work as bookkeeper for Herbert Crane. After 40 years with Crane Engineering Sales, Inc., she retired as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the multi-million dollar company.
Mabel was also an extremely active community and civic leader, championing small business development, women’s advocacy and education throughout the state and nation. Among the many organizations she served were Goodwill Industries of Northeast Wisconsin (Director), Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Director), and the Appleton Area Board of Education (President).
In the 1950s, Mabel joined the local chapter of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women. She became a leader of the organization, advancing through the Wisconsin and national offices to become the National President for 1967-1968, when the organization had more than 170,000 members. In this position, she led a major effort to enact legislation that would ensure equal opportunities and equal pay for both men and women.
After she retired, Mabel refocused her energies and partnered with her son Gary in his business as a paperweight dealer. A paperweight enthusiast herself, Mabel was active in the Paperweight Collector’s Association, a national organization. It is because of Mabel’s great interest in paperweights and her commitment to education that this study gallery was named in her honor – to continue the pursuit of knowledge in glass and art, and to make the art of the paperweight more accessible to the public.
As an expression of confidence in our mission, friends of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass have pledged to partner with us to make our vision of being a place for exciting discoveries in glass a reality. In an effort to provide assistance on how you can include our non profit organization in a bequest, examples of language to place in your will or trust are suggested below. Your attorney can tailor these statements to fit your specific situation.
Totally Unrestricted Bequest
“I give and bequeath ____% of my estate (or of my trust) (or a specific dollar amount) to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Inc., Neenah, WI. This bequest may be used in such manner as the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Inc. shall in its sole discretion determine.”
“I give and bequeath____% of my estate (or of my trust) (or a specific dollar amount) to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Inc., Neenah, WI.” The donor will state the restricted purpose of how the bequest should be used.
“I give and bequest____% of my estate (or of my trust) (or a specific dollar amount) to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Inc., Neenah, WI to be added to the organization’s endowment.”
“I devise and bequeath all of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal wherever situate, to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Inc., Neenah, WI, the sale of such property would be added to the organization’s endowment (or state the restricted purpose of how the bequest should be used).”
Provisions for Managing Unrestricted Bequest
In order to demonstrate our stewardship of bequests, the staff and board of directors have set forth the following provisions for directing unrestricted gifts. These provisions ensure that gifts will be applied to the greatest need of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass to best serve the mission and vision of the organization and the donor’s legacy.
Gifts of $1 to $25,000 will be directed for the staff’s discretionary use. Recent examples include building improvements, collection digitization and object acquisition.
For all unrestricted gifts of above $25,000, 20% will be directed toward the endowment fund, thereby supporting the sustainability of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. This percentage will be reviewed every five years by staff and board. The remaining percentage will be used to support strategic initiatives. The staff will make recommendations to be approved by the Executive Committee.
Expression of Appreciation
To recognize the commitment of making a planned gift, each donor will be recognized at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.
If you are considering a bequest and need more information, please contact:
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Tel. 920. 751. 4658, ext. 311