900 5th Street, International Falls, MN 56649,
"Historic Backus Community Center, the heart of international falls, where all generations celebrate arts, culture, recreation, wellness and life-long learning"
" The purpose of the endowment is to ensure the long-term sustainability of Backus Community Center" said Bob Marquardt, endowment fund chairman and president of the citizens for Backus/Ab, Inc. " We want to make sure Backus is here for future generations to enjoy.''
Since 1937 the historic Backus building has been a community gathering place, first as a school and since 2002 as a community center playing a vital role in the lives of many who live in and visit the area. Now and effort is underway to ensure the same holds true for generations to come.
Citizens concerned with the sustainability of Backus and its Community Center Program gifted funds to establish an endowment. In 2019 a committee was formed to outline plans and goals for the fund and its future. The endowment campaign is an effort to raise $1 million in three years. Major donors have already contributed over $135,000.
-Summer Arts for Kids
-Free summer lunch for kids
-Free Community Café Meals
-Performing art series
-Arts outreach to schools
-Borealis Bards Community Theatre & Jr. Bards
-Rainy Lake Community Orchestra
-Backus Music Program
-Art Exhibits/ Showcase
-Mental Health Counseling
-Falls Hunger Coalition- Food Shelf
-Darcie Dance Studio
-4-H Youth Program
-Public meetings & Forums
-Driver License Testing
-Ruby's Pantry - food distribution
- Oberholtzer Foundation
Once the three-year goal of $1 million is reached, earnings may be expended to fund programs and projects that help fulfill the Backus mission, such as:
- Outreach programs to address community needs and opportunities in International Falls and Koochiching County.
- Ensuring the preservation and re-use of the historic Backus building continues in perpetuity.
- allowing flexibility in times of economic down-turns or major crisis.
The endowment fund is an investment portfolio with initial money provided by donations to the organization. Money is not used to pay utilities or employee wages, rather it ensures the sustainability of Backus community Center for generations to come.
Endowment funds attract donors, especially generous donors. These donors understand Backus Community Center will manage resources well, plan efficiently, and will likely survive crisis.
In 2019, following a sizeable donation and pledge by a local donor with a request that their dollars help generate more contributions. Backus Community Center formed a committee to outline plans and goals for the endowment fund's future. A goal of reaching $1 million in three years was established.
Once the $1 million goal is met, earnings may be expended to fund programs and projects that help fulfill the Backus mission such as:
- Outreach programs to address community needs and opportunities in International Falls and Koochiching County
- Ensuring the prevention and re-use of the historic Backus Building continues in perpetuity
-Allowing flexibility in times of economic down-turns or major crisis
Yes, However, they will be liquidated as outlined in the fund's by-law
The Fund can accept gifts and bequests in wills, charitable trusts, gift annuities, assignments of life insurance, and transfer of property (cash, stock, binds, real estate, etc.). We accept pledges for annual gifts across three years. Gifts may be dedicated in memory or honor of a family member or friend.
Backus Community Center | 900 5th Street,
International Falls (218) 285-7225
"Historic Backus Community Center, the heart of International Falls, where all generations celebrate the arts, culture, recreation, wellness and life-long learning."
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