Steady Flow of Funding – From Our Dutch Connections
A year ago, the Dutch Connection Museum Trust started working with a number of businesses to see what they could contribute to the Te Awahou – Nieuwe Stroom project. The support has been great, and what’s more – it doesn’t matter whether the company is owned by Dutch people, or Kiwi owned with a strong Dutch Connection.
Some enthusiastic enterprises are small, like Dutchy’s Burger Joint, who committed part of his sales at specific events to our project. Four much bigger companies some have decided to contribute in kind, as part of construction and fit-out. While others simply transferred money into our bank account. For example, there was a Whanganui businessman who got inspired at our Levin function, hosted by Mayor Brendan Duffy in Te Takere, and made a donation to us from his Pension Fund back in the Netherlands. The Dutch-Kiwi owner of a Christchurch company pledged $20,000, after attending a business dinner in the Beehive.
Other businesses are still sitting on the fence – waiting just a little to see what’s happening, ready to contribute when things move ahead.
That’s why it’s so great that Council has now decided to progress with the construction of Te Awahou – Nieuwe Stroom. There’s a sense of security. Businesses are cautious, as they should be. A Wellington company director said he would support us, once things had firmed up. They now have! Donors have the security that our project will turn into something of great value to them.
Many Sources Across the Country
It’s not just businesses who are supporting this project. The Netherlands Embassy has also decided to contribute to the museum from its fund for cultural activities. In other words, we now have ‘official’ support.
In 2015, the Federation of New Zealand Netherlands Societies gave the Dutch Connection Centre a substantial part of its financial reserves. The Christchurch Netherlands Society did the same – even though its members will find it a long way to travel to Ons Museum Centrum in Foxton. Dutch organisations throughout the country are giving us support in many different ways.
Doubling the Money
Last year we increased the total amount of money pledged and brought in – over the years – by our ‘Dutch Connections’ to close to $450,000.
Still, we’re aiming for more! In 2016, we will roll out a campaign to double our funding contributions.
We have several exciting initiatives on the go, including applications for funding with organisations in the Netherlands.
Our Give-a-Little campaign is also bringing in a steady flow. The Dutch connections are working hard. Feel free to check it out, make sure you have your credit card handy!