Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado


Before Assessment: 2013

  • Operational budget of $845,000
  • Total people served: 45,993
  • Historic Denver was conducting a feasibility study for a capital and capacity building campaign as part of the 2010 Strategic Plan.
  • A laundry list of capital needs and deferred maintenance, most recognized as a result of a 1997 historic structures assessment and/or multiple CAP and Re-CAPs undertaken between 2000-2011.
  • Organization Staff: 7 Full-time staff; 6 PT staff; 1 Contract staff; 75 Volunteers
  • Community-focused Programs: Served about 6,000 school children and adult learners each year with 9 classroom and 6 Speaker’s Bureau programs

Five Years After Community Engagement Assessment:

  • Operational budget of $1,450,000
  • Total people served in 2018: 65,500 (46% local residents; 50% in-state)
  • Successfully raised $2.2 million in 3 years with 350 donors, an average gift of $13,000 and a collective Board gift of $320,000.
  • Over $1 million in repairs and improvements to the structure including window and stained glass restoration, masonry stabilization and cleaning, and new public spaces. The stored collections have been documented, re-housed and secured.
  • A wheelchair lift has been added to two levels of the museum for improved physical accessibility as well as two additional accessible non-gender restrooms.
  • The remaining $1 million created an endowment for emergencies with the rest used to launch the Walking Tours, a series of free community forums called Re:Denver, and the Action Fund designed to catalyze innovative neighborhood and community projects.
  • Organization Staff: 13 FT staff; 8 PT staff; 4 Contract staff; 175 Volunteers
  • Community-focused Programs: Serve 12,000+ school children and adult learners each year with 12 classroom programs, a soon-to-be-revamped slate of Speaker’s Bureau programs, realtor workshops, Discover Denver community survey days, and the programs listed above.
  • Added Alzheimer’s Spark! programs, Sensory-friendly mornings for ASD, Scout and Homeschool days, and free community kids days.
  • A free Salon Series pulls topics from the headlines and, using Margaret’s story, connects the past to present to foster understanding through the historical facts.
  • Strategic Plan: As of 2018, Historic Denver has fulfilled its 2010 Strategic Plan mandates. The Board of Trustees will convene in early 2019 to discuss a new Strategic Plan as the organization quickly approaches its 50th anniversary in late 2020.

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