Support the Museum
The Museum operates as a partnership between the City of Idabel's Herron Foundation, Inc. and Idabel Museum Society, Inc. (IMSI). It receives no direct government funding. Instead, it depends on the aid of individuals and organizations from around the world, as well as earned and investment income, to fulfill its mission.
The Museum’s free admission policy is made by possible by local organizations who join its Corporate Partnership program. Nonprofits may also join its Affiliate Program, which provides discounted use of the Museum’s Mary H. Herron Conference Center.
The Museum is also supported in part by a membership program. In exchange for their support, members receive invitations to exclusive, behind-the-scenes events. They also enjoy benefits like free admission to over 1,000 museums nationwide and discounts on Museum Store purchases.
There are a number of other ways to give to the Museum. Individuals can donate books to the its libraries or objects to its collections. The Museum accepts in-kind donations and gifts of cash. Monetary donations can be made online or in-person. (Individuals who donate online may make a recurring gift via Paypal.) Be sure to check with your employer before donating. Many companies offer matching-gift programs for charitable gifts made by their employees.
No matter the size of your gift, one thing remains constant—your generosity is deeply appreciated by us and the local community. For more information about non-membership giving, please contact Henry Moy ([email protected]). Please direct all other inquiries to Brian Hendershot ([email protected]).
Where does the money go?
Unrestricted gifts such as general donations or membership go to the Museum's General Fund, which is directed to the area of greatest need. However, donors can direct their gift to a specific area such as programs or collections.