Despite a poor economy, Fort Ticonderoga saw an increase in contributions in 2011. Buoyed by a new program, the Fort Ticonderoga Fund, donations to the 100-year-old fort and museum jumped 12 percent last year to $600,327. The number of donors also increased by 14 percent.
continued Peter Paine, Fort Ticonderoga Association president, said the establishment of the Fort Ticonderoga Fund was an important step for the fort.
“Trustee giving led the way, both in a total commitment which increased 15 percent in 2011, and by making pledges early in the drive, permitting us to announce a ‘nucleus fund’ over $300,000 at the fort’s midsummer gala in July,” he said.
The Fort Ticonderoga Fund included the “Fort-ifier” program, which used a committee of local volunteers and fort advocates to contact potential donors.
“This group made an important impact on the success of the campaign,” said Anne McDonald of Ticonderoga, co-chair of the “Fort-ifier” committee. “Volunteers personally contacted over 100 prospects in the community and secured 87 commitments totaling $32,745.”
Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historic site and museum. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the year and will be open for daily visitation May 18 through Oct. 18, 2012.
Information on Fort Ticonderoga and a schedule of activities are available online at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org or by calling 585-2821.