The mission of the Fort Nisqually Foundation is to pursue all available sources of funding to support the restoration, preservation, historical interpretation, and education programs at Fort Nisqually, a restored Hudson’s Bay Company trading post and living history museum.
Endowments are permanently invested funds that provide a return on a portion of the interest earned. It is a stable funding source for non-profits like Fort Nisqually. We currently have two endowments held at the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.
The Fort Nisqually Foundation received a $5,000 CARES Act Humanities Relief Grant from Humanities Washington in August. This grant helped offset losses from normal fundraising activities that had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. This enabled the Foundation to continue to employ its single staff member. The remainder of the grant funds were added to the Foundation's annual support for the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum for program activities and staff. In a typical year, FNF provides $15,000 in unrestricted support to FN for operations, including staff. This year, FNF increased its support to $55,000, largely to make up for losses in earned income due to museum closure and cancellations of events, rentals, and programs. This helped ensure that Metro Parks Tacoma was able to call back from furlough Fort Nisqually's curator and retain her through the end of the year.
Fort Nisqually Foundation supports the region's premiere, accredited, living history museum: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. We financially support historic preservation, restoration and year-round programs, events and classes that highlight all aspects of 19th century life on Puget Sound.
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