Dear Members and Friends of The Conococheague Institute:
DONATE TODAY THROUGH JUNE 2021, AND YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED UNTIL WE REACH $50,000!
Since its founding in 1994 by Dr. John Stauffer, the Conocheague Institute has strived to serve as a steward of the cultural and natural history of the West Conococheague and Welsh Run region. Well known for its preservation and research of the early Welsh, Scotch Irish, and German settlements of Franklin County, CI also maintains important natural habitats (with some rare and endangered species) across its 30 acres.
Despite the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, CI has persevered and actually come out stronger than ever. By providing a safe place for families to learn about their cultural heritage, and a relaxing natural environment to explore the beauty of nature when so many people were stuck at home our presence in the local communities has grown.
To give back to the community that has supported us through the decades, in 2020 we held five free "Open Air" events with demonstrations of 18th Century crafts and skills as well as Birding and Botany walks. Each was widely received with visitor numbers growing at each event. Large gatherings being unavailable these smaller events proved an enormous success.
We also increased our commitment to education: After making revised programming for COVID, we opened up to School Programs on Labor Day, and had a school booking EVERY WEEK from September to December. In fact, the number of children participating in tours from October of 2020 actually exceeded the total number in 2019! We will continue to inspire a life-long love of History and Nature by providing unique opportunities to create and explore. But, like the founding families of this County, we can't do it alone, and that’s why we need YOUR help!
Thanks to the generosity of our Founder Dr. John Stauffer, your donation to The Conococheague Institute will be matched up to $50,000 through June 1, 2021. Dollar for dollar, your gift will have double the impact. CI serves families and communities throughout the Tri-State, and with your support, we will be able to continue to grow. Our hope is to blaze a new frontier and reach communities this year that so far have not experienced what CI has to offer.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Conococheague Institute so we can continue to foster visionary, hands-on learning for many years to come!
Your support now will help us achieve our mission to share knowledge and encourage scholarship of the inhabitants of the Conococheague Frontier through preservation, education, and research. If you have been considering a gift or a pledge to The Conococheague Institute, now is the time!
Your tax-deductible gift of any size does make a difference.
You can donate online through PayPal, or mail a check payable to The Conococheague Institute at:
The Conococheague Institute
12995 Bain Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236.
Or stop by in person and talk to us about how your donation can make a difference. We are available by appointment, and the Visitor Center is open Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
If you have already given to The Conococheague Institute this fiscal year, thank you.
If you have any questions about your giving record, please contact The Conococheague Institute at 717-328-2800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support!
The Board and Staff of the Conococheague Institute
As a more lasting gift, you may wish to consider remembering C.I. in your estate planning. Our Executive Director, Matthew Wedd would be happy to speak with you about opportunities available to assure future generations remember our shared heritage.
Other Ways to Give:
- Giving stock may be tax advantageous.
- Wills & Bequests
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Life Insurance Policies
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
Call the Conococheague Institute at 717-328-2800 or email email@example.com for additional information.
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