All fun and games
The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery in Beaverton found it has a generous and anonymous friend who offered a $10,000 challenge grant to help move the museum to a new location.
"Our lease will end in June," Sheila Mahan, a member of the museum's board of directors said. "We have looked at our costs, our needs, and our community -- and what we need is more space," she added.
With more than 5,000 games, and more being donated all the time, a larger space to house these items and have play spaces is necessary. The anonymous donor agreed to increment the grant so that all donations will be matched, regardless of whether the total amount is raised.
"That's why we're so excited about this challenge grant," Mahan said. "It's not easy to raise the matching funds, but I'm confident our members and supporters can do it."
The top priorities for IMOGAP are to strengthen the museum and to keep the collection accessible to the public. With nearly 7,000 visitors last year that means more space, or limiting access to the museum, which the board rejected. Instead the board decided to approach the challenge from several directions. First, it is looking at partnerships that might provide space for the museum. Second, it is preparing to move the collection, which will require hundreds of storage totes and transportation. And third, it is raising money to support the transition and finance a new home. The museum will be tracking its progress on the challenge grant using a game of Jenga.
"It's a variation of the classic thermometer filling slowly that's been used for a lot of fundraising campaigns," Operations Steward Carol Mathewson said. "We've figured out how many Jenga blocks it will take to match our goal, and we'll be stacking them up as we receive donations. We'll post a picture on our website everyday showing our progress."
For more information, visit imogap.org.