How to Donate to Sandcastles Children's Museum
Donations may be made at Sandcastles, through the mail, or through PayPal on this page.
Our Funds in the Community Foundation for Mason County
We have two funds within the Community Foundation for Mason County, an endowment and a capital campaign fund. Donors may contribute to the Sandcastles Capital or Endowment Fund within the CFMC or by mailing a donation directly to Sandcastles at PO Box 595, Ludington MI 49431. Donations may also be made securely on this page through PayPal with a credit card or a PayPal account (see below).
Vision 20/20: Through the Eyes of a Child
Our first capital campaign was for the purchase of our building. With outstanding community support, the Sandcastles Board of Directors paid the balance owing on our building in April 2013.
At the Valentine's Masquerade Ball in February of 2014, we announced our new Capital Campaign -Vision 20/20: Through the Eyes of a Child. It encompasses our work for the next 5 years and our vision for the year 2020.
It became apparent in the summer of 2014 that the first phase of Vision 2020 needed to be renovation of the second floor of our building for more exhibit space. We had many busy, crowded days and set a new one-day attendance record of 818. The work began in late fall 2014 and was completed for the 2015 season. We installed new electrical and heating/cooling systems and built a roof deck and fire escape. The renovation preserved the history of the building as we restore original brick walls, ceiling, lighting fixtures, wainscoting, and the wood floor. Many local citizens donated to help us meet the generous $50,000 challenge grant for the project.
In 2016, we moved the kitchen area to the events area on the lower level. In 2017, we will debut our newest major exhibit, a modern hospital nursery for budding health care professionals. It is being funded by Spectrum Health Ludington. Future plans include renovating the office and storage areas on the main floor and, finally, transforming the current kitchen area into exhibit space.
Other Capital Expenses
In 2011, we began to raise funds for a new roof. In 2013 we had to make repairs to the roof because of leaks from the heavy spring rains. In 2016, with a grant from the CFMC, we repaired the entire roof and replaced the roof on the cupola. In partnership with the City of Ludington, we received a grant from the Michigan Community Develpment Grant Program; and, in the fall of 2016, we are repairing the mortar and repairing the brick and stone work on the exterior of our building.
Looking ahead: To make the second story accessible to all, we will need an elevator.
Recognition of Giving
Each named level of giving is acknowledged on one of the donor boards in the entry of the museum. All donations made by an individual, family, foundation, business, or grant maker accrue so those who donate move up to higher levels as their donations increase.
$50,000+, Naming opportunity, life member
$25,000+, Life member
$10,000+, Life member
$5,000+, Family membership for 1 year
$1,000+, 5 daily family passes
Bricks and Mortar
$500+, 3 daily family passes
$100+, 1 daily family pass
Pavers to the Future *
* Pavers are “blocks” purchased by or on behalf of children. They are also displayed in the entry to the museum.