Give Back and Help the Scientists of Tomorrow #GivingTuesday

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At HMNS, our love of learning is evident in everything we do. We provide education programs for ALL age groups, from interactive labs for students to world-class exhibit halls to phenomenal films in our Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Help us inspire philanthropy and encourage charitable giving during the holiday season by showing your support for HMNS. Your gift will play a pivotal role in introducing our 500,000 annual student visitors to the wonders of science and the awe of our natural world.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Help HMNS reach its  Giving Tuesday fundraising goal of $10,000!

You can be part of #GivingTuesday by showing your support of the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Make your gift of any size, then be sure to share your participation on Facebook and Twitter, using #GivingTuesday and #HMNS hashtags.

  1. Donate Today!
  2. Share #GivingTuesday and #HMNS on social media!
  3. Tell your network why you supported HMNS this Giving Tuesday! Download the #UNselfie form.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How will the money be used?

A: Unless otherwise instructed by the donor, all Giving Tuesday donations will be directed to the Museum’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the heart of the Museum’s fundraising efforts and provides for the basic needs of the institution.

Q: Are gifts tax-deductible?

A: The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

If you have any additional questions about Giving Tuesday or giving in general, please contact us at 713.639.4629 or development@hmns.org.

Thank you so much for your participation in #GivingTuesday. Every dollar makes a difference!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. Giving Tuesday uses the power of social media to inspire people give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday Inspiration: Emeritus Trustee Ann B. Brinkerhoff Gives to HMNS for 40 Plus Years

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Emeritus Trustee Ann B. Brinkerhoff exemplifies commitment to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, giving generously and enthusiastically her time, resources and expertise for over 40 years. As a capstone of her years of service, Ann spearheaded the formation of the HMNS Legacy Society of which she is the Chairman and a Charter Member. “The Museum has been an important part of my life and it was only fitting to provide for the Museum’s future and encourage others to do the same” explained Ann.

Ann’s devotion to the Museum is rooted in her inherent curiosity and love of learning, as well as her dedication to her family. When her children were young, Ann’s spare time was sparse. Yet, she felt bound to serve and found time to volunteer at organizations that benefitted children. She discovered the Houston Museum of Natural Science when her children began taking classes there. She joined the Guild, which she said was very much like the Junior League at that time, and was a docent for several years on Wednesday mornings. “I remembered my first time in front of a group of 4th graders and I was terrified,” she confessed. “Thankfully, I calmed down by focusing on all the lovely and rare objects in the Museum, trying to see them through the children’s eyes.”

Ann’s leadership skills and fundraising acumen flourished in the Guild. She chaired the Guild’s 1973 kitchen tour which raised $25,000—breaking all previous records. “It was a lot of work,” said Ann. “But it was so rewarding because I had a great group of women helping me and I formed many long-lasting friendships.” Ann’s fundraising success, reliability and ability to get things done made her the natural selection as the Guild’s president from 1974-1975.

 

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In 1975, Ann was elected to the HMNS Board of Trustees and continues to serve today as an Emeritus Trustee. During her years of involvement with the Museum, Ann directed her attention and fundraising skills toward three major building campaigns, and saw the Museum’s annual attendance grow from less than 500,000 to more than 3 million. Her special projects have revolved around the Museum’s education and travel programs, and the malacology collection.

In addition to her work at the Museum, Ann has held leadership positions with the Women’s Institute, Hogg Foundation, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, the Philosophical Society, Institute of Texas Cultures and the University of Texas honors college. A life-long student, Ann is a voracious reader and spent every summer for 10 years taking classes at Cambridge University.

A devoted wife and mother, Ann was married to the late Robert Brinkerhoff, who she met while both were students at the University of Texas. During his lifetime, Robert built a successful oil company, supported Ann’s volunteer endeavors and together they raised four children. Through her work at the Museum and other cultural institutions, Ann brings to life the famous words of her hero, the first female anthropologist, Dr. Margaret Mead, who said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

We hope you will follow Ann’s lead this #GivingTuesday in supporting the important mission of HMNS.

If you are interested in more information on what you can do to help HMNS out, check out our Giving Tuesday page

And if you are interested in giving to HMNS this holiday season, here is a link to our donations page

GoodShop online to help the Museum!

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It’s that time of year again where everywhere we turn we’re being asked to shop ’til we drop!

If you are the type of person who will do just about anything to avoid the holiday mall traffic you should try shopping online. There’s so much available online and now there’s a way to support charities like the Houston Museum of Natural Science while shopping online from the comfort of your own home!

GoodSearch is an online search engine (like google or yahoo) that donates to the charity of your choice each time you search – I even have the GoodSearch toolbar on my internet window so I can search and donate without even thinking twice! So – GoodSearch has taken it a step further and created GoodShop which is perfect for those of you who like to shop online! GoodShop partners with online retailers so that when you click on a particular online shop from the GoodShop homepage a percentage of your purchase price goes to the charity of your choice! What’s even better is that there is such a variety of online retailers participating (Apple store/Itunes, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Zappos, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble just to name a few) you can find almost anything you’re looking for via the GoodShop page! There are also deals and coupons that the online shops will sometimes offer to GoodShoppers via the GoodShop page!

So here’s how it works:

1.Go to the GoodShop page

2. Select your Charity (HMNS is already loaded so all you have to do is search Houston Museum)

3. Click on the store of your choice out of the 700 participating retailers and buy something! Up to 30% of your purchase will go to your selected charity!

4. Tell all of your friends!

Eating The Way To A New Wing

We’re turning 100 next year – and we’ve launched an $85 million capital campaign that will help us fulfill our mission – the advancement of the general knowledge of natural science – throughout our second century. Among many goals, the funds will be used to expand our exhibition halls, including the creation of a new Hall of Paleontology, designed to be one of the most dramatic and comprehensive in the world. Today, Nicole fills us in on one of the easy ways you can support this mission, just by eating out.

Katz’s Deli on Westheimer – just off Montrose – has given the Museum the “Benefit Table” for the month of August.  What does that mean?

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The benefit table is a special table for parties of 6 or more who come to nosh at Katz’s. Ten percent of your bill at the end of the meal (not including tax) is donated to the cause of the month and, for August, the Museum’s capital campaign has been selected as the cause.   

Eat delicious goodness and support your favorite Museum at the same time.  (I reccomend the rueben and Dave likes the fried pickels and bortsch.)
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All you need to do is eat, pay, and repeat if you are seated at the benefit table.  IF THE TABLE IS ALREADY TAKEN, alert your server that you wanted to sit there and that you would like a portion of your bill donated to the Museum and that should take care of it.  What could be easier?

We will see you there.