The Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday has come to be known as Giving Tuesday. Every year, thousands of people take time out of their holiday planning and busy lives to donate to causes that are close to their hearts.

This year, BCMA is highlighting the amazing work of BC museums and institutions who may be in need of such funds. We are asking the public to give to the local museums and cultural organizations who are dear to them and their communities. Below find a list of organizations and their funding goals.

Please give generously if you are able

Organization: The Creston Museum and Archives

About: The Creston Museum and Archives makes the Creston Valley a better place to live, learn, and explore. They connect people to the past and to their past, to the people, events, and forces that have made the community what it is today. They help connect people to people. Your support helps achieve all those wonderful things: collect and preserve artifacts and archival materials, maintain the Museum buildings, create exhibits, deliver programs, activities and events. And we really appreciate your help in making it all happen.

Funding Goals: They are currently fundraising to restore a c.-1908 horse-drawn logging arch seen here.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Doukhobor Discovery Centre

About: The Doukhobor Discovery Centre is a National Heritage site operated by the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society in Castlegar BC. The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society has been a registered charity since 1969. They have reconstructed an authentic Doukhobor Village through significant volunteer labour and funding from local, provincial and federal governments. The Village continues to operate as a national hub for the preservation and sharing of historic Doukhobor cultural heritage and home industries.

Funding Goals: This year they are focussing on expanding their archives and collections spaces with the initiation of the Doukhobor Archives and Research Centre (DARC) project.  This timely major project will address the growing needs to provide a facility where Doukhobor artifacts of provincial and national significance can be housed and accessed by members of the public as well as researchers.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The BC Farm Museum Association

About: The BC Farm Museum Association’s purpose is to acquire, collect, restore, preserve, and provide a means for displaying for students, the general public, and tourists articles of farm machinery and pioneer life of a historical nature. The over 5000 artifacts and 10,000 reference books and printed material are exhibited in two buildings containing over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. Most restorations and repairs are performed on-site by skilled volunteers in the museum workshops. Since funding dried up in 1990 the management responsibilities have been performed by volunteers with skills in management, finances, promotion, social media, library, as well as being people-friendly persons.

Funding Goals: The Association currently is planning to install an elevator in the first building. The exhibit space on the mezzanine is difficult or impossible for physically challenged people to visit. This issue needs to be addressed. Donations towards the approximately $40,000 cost of purchasing and installing an elevator this year would be greatly appreciated.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here or call their office at 604-888-2273    

Organization: The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

About: The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives (GVMA) sees its role in the community to be both that of caretaker and resource centre. In the role of caretaker of the public trust, it has a responsibility to care for and house objects and information of historical value to the community. The GVMA seeks ways to contribute both to the economic growth of the community through its fundraising initiatives and provide opportunities for improved quality of life for its residents through diverse educational programs and social events.

Funding Goals: The GVMA and the Vernon Public Art Gallery are in the process of raising money for a move into a new Cultural Centre, which will allow both institutions to display more of their collection and offer a wider array of programs and exhibits.  

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Kimberley Heritage Museum 

About: The Kimberley District Heritage Society was formed in 1978 and operates the Kimberley Heritage Museum which opened in 1980. Their Museum focuses on the people and events which made Kimberley the community it is today. They are celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2020 and will have a feature exhibit that chronicles the history and projects they have accomplished.

Funding Goals: Their goal for funds donated is to do much-needed renovations to their entryway and lobby to create a better flow for visitors as they enter their museum. They have not had any renovations in the 40 years they have operated, and their gift counter is in need of a facelift.

How to Donate: Send a cheque to the Kimberley District Heritage Society, 105 Spokane Street, Kimberley, BC, V1A2E5

Organization: The Museum of Vancouver

About: The Museum of Vancouver has a rich and vibrant history as the oldest cultural institution in the City of Vancouver. The Museum’s mission is vital and unique: to deepen our understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects, and shared experiences.

Funding Goals: By supporting MOV you help us inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city through public participation, dialogue, and programming that emphasizes the organization’s main pillars: reconciliation, immigration, natural history and social history & contemporary issues.

This year, to celebrate our 125th anniversary, anyone who signs up as a new or returning member or donates over $50 to MOV will receive a complimentary pack of MOV’s 125-anniversary greeting cards, containing 10 uniquely designed cards – inspired by the collection. Offer valid until December 31, 2019.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Nanaimo Art Gallery

About: The Nanaimo Art Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.  The gallery enhances the cultural environment of Vancouver Island, serving a regional population base of approximately 225,000, through exhibitions, education, and outreach that encourages active public involvement with the visual arts. 

Funding Goals: Funds donated to the Nanaimo Art Gallery will go towards public programming and operations.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Potato House Project

About: The Potato House is Canada’s only single-family Second World War heritage house and Canada’s only drive-by composting site. Run by the Potato House Sustainable Community Society, the Potato House been operating its heritage site, community gardens, and composting program in downtown Williams Lake since 2011. Thanks to tireless volunteer support, the Potato House has hosted heritage tours, fun family events, and environmental sustainability education to encourage a more eco-conscious community.

Funding Goals: The Potato House team is working tirelessly to pay off the remainder of its outstanding mortgage for the site property. In 2019 we were able to raise over $10,000 through fundraising events (including escape rooms and garden parties). As of November 27, 2019, $46,000 remains left to pay off before the end of 2020. Any help goes a long way to helping us save the Potato House.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Reach Gallery Museum

About: The Reach Gallery Museum is the center of cultural and creative innovation in the Fraser Valley. As a community history museum, regional archives, and a contemporary art gallery, The Reach is a hub of curatorial and research excellence, presenting engaging, educational public programs and exhibitions for audiences of all ages. Today, Abbotsford is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada and The Reach is positioned to grow and evolve along with it. As it enters its second decade, The Reach will continue to bring people together to have enriching cultural experiences, build community through the exchange of ideas, and to serve the public through excellence in programming. 

Funding Goals: The Reach Gallery Museum is seeking support to raise funds for a 4K Ultra High Definition multi-touch display unit. This stat-of-the-art technology will be incorporated into a groundbreaking exhibition chronicling the history, culture, and contemporary character of the South Asian community in Abbotsford. This technology will greatly enhance their capacity to share their rich archival materials with audiences, providing instant access to the stories that have shaped our community today. They are launching The Reach Giving Tuesdays beginning December 3, 2019, and the campaign will continue each Tuesday of the month in 2020 until they reach their goal of $15,000.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Steveston Historical Society

About: The Steveston Historical Society has been in place since 1976 to preserve and promote the history of Steveston. The society runs community events such as the summer theatre program, Steveston Alive!: Walking Tour Vignettes, and their free winter event series, Songs in the Snow: A Vintage Christmas.

Funding Goals: All of the funds raised on Giving Tuesday will go to supporting community programs, as well as getting their third program, Making Time for Tea, off the ground in 2020. 

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

About: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre promotes human rights, social justice and genocide awareness through education and remembrance of the Holocaust. Their educational programs provide opportunities for students, teachers and the broader public to engage with the history of the Holocaust and learn about the causes and consequences of prejudice, racism, antisemitism and stereotyping.

Funding Goals: Through the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and government grants, the VHEC is able to honour and support those who survived the Holocaust and remember those who perished by promoting human rights, social justice and genocide awareness.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.

Organization: Vancouver Maritime Museum

About: The museum opened in 1959 and is located within Vanier Park, just west of False Creek, on the Vancouver waterfront. The main exhibit is the St. Roch, a historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The museum has extensive galleries of model ships, a Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, a large library, and archives. Ship’s Company: The Canadian Navy at Work & Play, a photo exhibit, opens on Nov. 30 and runs until May 10, 2020.

Funding Goals: They are always in need of funds to run their educational programs, exhibitions, and maintain the museum.

How to Donate: Visit their donation page here.