It is now the season of giving. With end-of-year giving now going on all over the country, we want to share some great news about all the good that is happening with our nonprofit partner, the Gettysburg Foundation.
Earlier this week, on Giving Tuesday, in a cold, pelting rain, their new Recruit member program helped the Foundation exceed their fundraising goal by by raising $271 during the Pruning Plunge event in the Rose North orchard at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Foundation raised a total of $5271 on Giving Tuesday, surpassing their original goal of $5,000.
The “Recruit” membership level of the Friends of Gettysburg is helping us attract new, younger audiences and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.
Exciting new ventures like the Recruit’s “Seedling to Cider” project are breaking new ground for National Park partnerships and we believe they can generate funds that will help make us maintain this amazing landscape.
Gettysburg is one of our nation’s most special places. The lasting meaning and power of these hallowed grounds, and the national cemetery where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, hold a special appeal for people from all walks of life.
Our preservation of Gettysburg’s treasures – from the artifacts, to the Cyclorama painting, to the fields, farms and monuments – literally could not happen without the support of the Gettysburg Foundation. The Foundation – and especially the Friends of Gettysburg, their incredible members — have been extremely effective at helping us accomplish our mission here.
Looking back at everything this powerful partnership accomplished in 2015 truly makes us all proud to be part of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Across the National Park Service, this partnership stands out for the amazing breadth and depth of its accomplishments.
Together in 2015, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg’s two national parks provided memorable and enjoyable visits to more than a million people. We provided expanded volunteer programs, enhanced educational programs for students and teachers, and improved our stewardship of cannon carriages, monuments, artifacts, and more.
One of many long-lasting legacies of 2015 is the Gettysburg Foundation’s donation of 45 acres at Big Round Top. This land where cavalry skirmishes occurred during the battle is also home to critical wetlands and wildlife habitat related to Plum Run. The property was generously donated to the Gettysburg Foundation by Wayne and Susan Hill in 2008 and was added to the park boundary by federal legislation in December of 2014.
The Foundation’s donation will ensure that the land is preserved, unimpaired, for future generations.
As the National Park Service begins its Centennial in 2016 the Gettysburg Foundation’s support for Centennial programs is helping Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site engage with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. These programs include: Every Kid in a Park; Artists in Residency; arts programs at the Eisenhower Site; the acquisition of museum collections; planning for improvements at Little Round Top; and preparation for the final phases of the rehab of Cemetery Ridge – just to name a few!
With a new century for our National Parks fast approaching, the support of the Friends of Gettysburg is absolutely essential. Your support will help us ensure that Gettysburg’s treasures and the stories of President Eisenhower’s home are preserved, unimpaired, for future generations.
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, 12/3/15