Thanks for considering how you can support the Greene County Historical Society and Museum.
You can buy memberships and make donations by writing a check and mailing it to us, or by using your credit card with our PayPal method of secure, electronic payment (see below).
Basic memberships are for a calendar year, and the options are:
- $50 if you would like to be a “Friend of the GCHS”
- $20 for a family membership
- $15 for an individual membership.
To join us by mail
You can download or view the form for printing (Membership Form PDF) , and snail-mail your payment to us at:
Greene County Historical Society
219 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA 50129
To make payment using your credit card securely via PayPal
Select your option from the ( PayPal form below )
Now, let Ces Brunow, our past president, tell you more about our long-term financial future, and how you can help.
It’s time to support our mission of “keeping Greene County history alive.”
The Greene County Historical Society is, in reality, one organization with two separate missions. The monthly meetings where members gather to learn and socialize are a vital part of what keeps the organization alive. The benefit is huge and the monetary cost is minimal.
What separates the historical society from other local organizations is that it owns and maintains two buildings and their contents. The responsibility to preserve and protect the 11,000-plus historical artifacts as well as the aging museum and fairgrounds buildings is a daunting task when you consider that the only income is an annual (not guaranteed) stipend from the Greene County Board of Supervisors, membership fees, and an unknown amount in donations and memorials.
We have learned that creating special events makes a difference, bringing in more people and funds. But these involve huge effort from a dwindling number of workers, and it remains a continuing challenge to make ends meet. There is never a guarantee of income, only a guarantee of expense. Utilities and insurance alone equal almost $7,000 per year!
Three years ago, then-president Jeane Burk proposed to create an Endowment Fund to ensure the continuing financial security of the Greene County Historical Society and Museum. The eventual goal of $100,000 would allow us to withdraw $5,000 per year from interest/dividends earned to help cover expenses as needed.
Over a number of years, the GCHS board of directors has shown good stewardship by building up savings to provide an adequate cushion in case of emergency. (An example was the $7,000 roof repair four years ago.) Use of the $20,000 currently in readily-accessible savings is restricted to $5,000 emergency reserves, $10,000 capital improvements, and $5,000 for grant matching funds, as recommended by financial experts. If and when savings grows beyond this point, i.e. no emergency funds needed or generous contributions given, the board can choose to send moneys to the Endowment Fund as it did this year. We currently have an endowment balance of $49,111, so we are still building. No moneys will be withdrawn until the $100,000 goal is met.
Please consider contributing to the ongoing financial stability of this worthwhile organization by donating to either the Endowment Fund or General Fund. Because of our 501C3 designation, donations may qualify for tax benefits. Your gift, whatever its size, will help preserve the Greene County Historical Society and Museum for future generations. Thank you!
GCHS Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund was established in 2013 to ensure the ongoing financial stability of the organization and the museum.
Donations can include cash in any amount, stocks & bonds, dividends, bequests – even loads of grain. Checks are payable to the “Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.” Please write in the memo space “Greene County Historical Society Endow Iowa.”
Greene County Community Foundation
104 W. Washington
Jefferson, IA 50129.
The Greene County Historical Society is a 501C3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted under IRS guidelines. EIN #72-1548210