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Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org

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Fifty families responded to our fall fundraising campaign, and donated almost $14,000. A generous Challenge Donor matched every one of these donations, all together raising $28,000 for Habitot! A huge thank you to all of these supportive families.

Like all nonprofits, Habitot Children’s Museum is doing its very best in an extraordinarily difficult economy to maintain programs and wide access to the public. Even with audience attendance significantly higher than last year’s (over 600 visitors on the first open day of this New Year!), we have not come close to making up for the enormous loss of most of our corporate and foundation support, which has dropped 40% in just one year. Although we remain debt-free, and we’ve cut our budget by more than a third since 2007, declines in both earned and contributed revenue will result in a deficit for Habitot’s 2008 fiscal year.

Strict financial management, raising more in donations and enlarging our audience are the three components of our plan to keep Habitot going. We need you, our members, families and friends, to be a part of our long-term success. As a community organization, we rely on the community for our continued existence. Please encourage your friends to visit and become members. We welcome volunteers and board leadership to help us through this time. Join us! http://www.habitot.org/hab/support_volunteer.htm

As you’ll see below, we work hard to raise funds to keep Habitot’s doors open. Gifts of any amount are welcome year-round -- and we'll gladly accept installment gifts. You can donate on-line by clicking on the Donate Now button on our homepage, www.habitot.org. To make a donation over the phone, please contact Lauren in our development department, at 510•647•1111 x 31. Thank you!

Car Donations Generate $2,500 in Proceeds in 2008

Nineteen families donated a car or other vehicle to Habitot in 2008 and proceeds to the museum were over $2,500. These families also enjoy a tax-deduction on the value of their car at auction. Habitot contracts with Car Donation Services of Martinez, a 15-year old firm. They are friendly, professional, and handle everything – from towing to filing tax-reporting documents – and they’ll take rush donations, too!

If you are considering donating a vehicle to Habitot, please check our website for complete information: http://www.habitot.org/hab/support_cars_for_kids.htm

Or, call Car Donation Services, Inc at 1-888-6TO-GIVE (1-888-686-4483) and mention Habitot. They offer a convenient online donation form and information at http://www.cardonationservices.com/

Many thanks to these car-donating families:

Teddy Barrinuevo
Sweetwyne Barrow
Leslie Berumen
John Cruz
Dorothy Felicien
Kate & Richard Gentry
Ricardo Gilb
Barbara Gouveia
John Gross
Bridget Howe
Gyula Lacar
Jason Mueller
Bert Ortega
Nili Puefua
Eric Rauscher
Annalisa & Joseph Roger
Angela Tindle
Michael Vawter
Michael Williams

Train Week Silent Auction Raises $600

Community partners donated train tickets and museum admissions for our popular “Train Week” in early December. These goods and services were auctioned in a “Silent Auction” which raised $600 for Habitot’s upcoming programs.

Thanks to these generous sponsors. We encourage Habitot families to patronize them!

  • Sonoma Train Town
  • Niles Canyon Railway
  • Capitol Corridor/BART
  • California State Railway Museum

Coming soon… a Week of Valentines Auction!

Support Habitot Year-Round – Every Bit Helps

There are many other free and low-cost ways to support the museum. Little things add up - here’s a sampling to try in 2009. For more ideas, please see our website at http://www.habitot.org/hab/support.htm

  • Become an eScrip supporter. It’s quick, easy, and a FREE way for you to help Habitot raise money. When you register your Safeway or credit card with eScrip, participating merchants donate a percentage of your purchase amount to Habitot, at no cost to you. For more information or to register, go to http://www.habitot.org/hab/support_escrip.htm

  • Donate your Tiny Tickets! If your pockets and drawers are cluttered with low-value BART tickets, bring them to Habitot, or drop them off at the downtown Berkeley branches of Starbucks, Peet’s, or Tully’s. We receive the full value of the tickets from the East Bay Community Foundation. If your workplace is willing to place a BART-ticket collection box for Habitot, please let us know! dassoc@habitot.org

  • Purchase an Eco-Metro Guide at Habitot. For just $20, you’ll receive hundreds of dollars worth of free and discount coupons for local favorites. There’s a free admission coupon for Habitot inside, too! Habitot receives a percentage of the sales.

  • Purchase a Bay Area Mama Guide at Habitot. Families love this guide – it offers a comprehensive listing of baby and child friendly stores, businesses, recreational spots, activity programs and more. We have copies for both Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Habitot receives a percentage of the sales.
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Habitot’s new “Back to the Farm” exhibit (opening in the main stage area, January 2009) helps young children learn about where our food comes from – and how much work goes into collecting and transporting harvested food to stores and to our tables. The exhibit is greatly enhanced from its 1999 appearance at Habitot, thanks to the participation of students at San Francisco’s Art Institute who created a model for a revamped exhibit for Tim Jonas’ fall 2008 design class. The student design project is on display in the corridor window on your way into Habitot. Back to the Farm features a small-scale barn with chicken coop, a fishing pond, apple orchard, ride-upon horse, hay bale stacking activity and John Deere tractors. The exhibit was partially funded by the rental fee for the Rocketship exhibit, which has been loaned to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa through July 2009. Donations are still needed to cover the full cost of the remodel and to add additional elements designed but not yet funded.

Master Fabricators:

Michael Faw, Thingmaker
Steve Vigeant, Berkeley Signs
Wowhaus (original barn)

Art Institute design students:

Susan Corwyn
Christian Tafoya
Christina Kraszczak
Brian Ortega
Tracie Neiswonger
Jeremy Berg

Participating Habitot staff:

Gina Moreland
Sarah Wininger
Connie Sanchez

If you find yourself missing Habitot’s Rocketship, it can be seen at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. http://www.schulzmuseum.org/ beginning January 31 – July 20, 2009. The exhibit will be part of that Museum’s 40th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 10 program. Images of Peanuts characters were taken on board the 1969 mission. Please mention Habitot when you visit and you’ll receive $1 off adult admission.

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