Financial Support

As a private, non-profit educational and historic organization, we rely on the generous support of donors, members, grant reviewers and volunteers.  We won’t lie, financial support is one of the most important factors in how we make decisions regarding exhibit availability and programming.  With those who knew Dorothy becoming more rare as time marches on, it becomes increasingly more important to expand our reach as the only organization dedicated to keeping Dorothy’s story alive.

Support can come in many forms and we appreciate your consideration of any of the following:

Your contribution – no matter the form – allows us to stay committed to our mission of inspiring the next generation of Northwoods stewards with Dorothy’s story.
If you would like to discuss contribution options with a staff member, we would love to hear from you. [Contact]

Give to the Max Day – November 15raiserooflogo

November 15 is the annual Give to the Max Day (GTMD) where we run a very short but focused online fundraiser for the Museum through GiveMN.org. This event has the potential to garner over $10,000 in prize money IF we can build support and donations for it. However, it requires a lot of help to spread the word.

This year, the Museum is focusing on the “Raise the Roof at Dorothy’s” campaign, which is a part of a developing capital campaign for structural improvements needed at the Museum. Projects include reshingling and foundation leveling of both the Winter and Point Cabins, drainage improvement around the Visitor Center, decking replacement and several more.

GTMD is focused on Thursday, November 15 and the more donations $10+ we get on that day, the more times the Dorothy Molter Museum is entered to win $500-$10,000!

You don’t have to live in or be from Minnesota to contribute!

We understand that in today’s world, online consumers must be wary. GiveMN.org takes your information security very seriously and is committed to protecting your private and sensitive data. However, sometimes it’s easier to donate with paper and that’s ok! Learn more here.

Donate While You Shop!

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Amazon Wish List

The Dorothy Molter Museum has created a “wish list” through Amazon.com for items that staff need to keep the museum running smoothly. Ink cartridges, printer paper, cleaning supplies and bird seed are commonly used products that are included on the list. By selecting a wish list item (or comparable product), Amazon will arrange to ship it directly to the museum! To view the museum’s wish list click here.

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant makes it easy to donate to Dorothy Molter Museum (Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation)! Simply shop online, earn cash back, and donate as much as 30% of your purchase price—Giving Assistant facilitates the whole process. Now, you can help us inspire the next generation of northwoods stewards for free while saving money at over 3,000 popular online retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap, and Sears!

Canoe Raffle

Every year the museum holds a canoe raffle featuring a Minnesota-made Wenonah CanoeThe 2018 raffle canoe was a Spirit II and Mike from North Bend, Nebraska had the winning raffle ticket! Congratulations, Mike! The 2019 raffle will begin opening day on May 25, 2019.

Wenonah Spirit II
17′ Long
42lbs
$2,999 Retail
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Exact model of our 2019 canoe is TBD 

Wilderness First Responders’ Fund & Scholarship Program

Dorothy was always concerned with the physical well-being of others and gave freely of her medical knowledge to all who came her way.  As a way to give back to the community that supported Dorothy, the Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation (Dorothy Molter Museum) will award one scholarship per year up to $1,000.00 from the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund. This scholarship is funded by contributions made from staff, board, volunteers, members and guests of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Scholarship availability will be promoted to Ely Area residents interested in enhancing their medical expertise in the following ways:

• Certification in nursing, emergency medical services, wilderness medical services
• Recertification/renewal of training

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