Support the Rice Museum on #GivingTuesday!

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals needs your support and #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016 is a great time to contribute.  Your tax deductible donation will help us continue the great programing and events at the museum.

With your help the Rice NW Museum has become recognized as one of the top 10 mineral museums in the United States.  We reach over 11,000 students annually with programs and tours designed to inspire future scientists from all walks of life, and our displays and activities attract nearly 27,000 visitors. Our staff educate young and old alike on the key role earth sciences play in our everyday life, and in our future well being.  None of this would be possible without you.

#GivingTuesday gifts go directly to supporting our staff in their efforts to expand educational programming, preserve and exhibit our fabulous mineral specimens and our beautiful historic house, and inspire thousands to pursue science.

This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 29, 2016. We’ll spend that day encouraging our supporters to spend just a little time reflecting on how their gifts and talents can best be used to help the Rice NW Museum.  We’re asking for a little of your time as well. Please consider giving a gift to support our operations so that we can grow and share our passion with our community.

It’s easy, just grab your credit card and mouse and give to the museum by:

  • Donating to help keep the museum the best in the Pacific Northwest and globally
  • Become a member and join the Rice NW Museum family of supporters
  • Sponsor an event, rock or mineral, or an exhibit at the museum
  • Volunteer to help with the many projects and activities around the museum for a few hours or on a regular basis

After you give, join the #GivingTuesday conversation on November 29th. Share your thoughts online about the importance of giving back and see why others support the Rice Museum and are thankful for our mission.

Thank you for helping on this #GivingTuesday, and we look forward to seeing you often at the museum!

We need your help to #RockTheMuseum!

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We’ve got great news—a generous donor has given us a matching grant challenge to raise funds for technology upgrades at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Dr. Gene Meieran, an Intel Fellow and avid mineral collector, will match all public donations dollar-for-dollar up to $6000 to reach this goal by July 31, 2016.

Your contribution towards this challenge will go toward new computers and network systems critical for our daily operations, collections care, education, and outreach.

Every year, more than 10,000 school children from around Oregon and Washington tour the museum as part of their earth science programs. The museum also provides natural science outreach programs to over 30 schools and groups annually. Built in 1953 and incorporated as the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in 1996, the museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.  It is also the #1 attraction to visit in Hillsboro, Oregon, according to TripAdvisor.

You helped make those things happen. But we still have more work to do.

We need your financial support now more than ever.

This exciting matching challenge is a launch pad for a series of micro-campaigns that will arise throughout the year to help revitalize and #RockTheMuseum. The challenge focuses on our highest priority of needs: technology upgrades.

Currently, the museum’s computers are way past their shelf life. We need to upgrade the technology, network, and Internet infrastructure to be more efficient and secure and to improve our educational programs.

Our museum’s mission is to engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexity of our Earth. Whether you contribute $25 or $2500, your donation will help the Rice Museum stay on the leading edge of science education.

Donate today with PayPal, mail a check, drop one off, or contact Julian Gray at the museum by July 31 to ensure we meet our matching donation goal. The Rice Northwest Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Support the Rice Northwest Museum on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Please keep the Rice Northwest Museum in your giving plans for this year.

On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday, we get deals. On Cyber Monday, we get online. On Giving Tuesday, we give back.

And here’s the coolest part about this whole movement: It doesn’t matter how you give, or how much you give, only that you give. Join in. Be part of the movement. Celebrate an attitude of gratitude. Give.

GivingTuesday 2015 logoYou can give to the museum by:

It takes just a few dollars or hours to make a huge difference in the museum’s ability to offer free and low cost programs for school children from around the Pacific Northwest; local, national, and international educational outreach programs; extraordinary, award-winning exhibits and special programs; and to introduce thousands of people (kids of all ages) to the wonders of earth science.

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Double Your Donation Impact and Get a Tax Credit

OR Cultural Trust Match Program

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Make a gift to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust and you can claim a tax credit for the total combined amount. It’s a double win-win: By supporting the Cultural Trust in addition to your direct donation to the museum, you are helping support grants that can further support the museum.

Remember, too, that the tax deductible portion of your museum membership also qualifies toward the matching gift.

Support the Rice NW Museum with Amazon Smile!

Do you already like to shop with Amazon.com? You can now use Amazon Smile to have Amazon donate money to the Rice Museum each time you make a purchase. It’s easy! Just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Go to Amazon Smile and sign in with your usual Amazon username and password.
    Amazon Smile Login
  2. When prompted, type “Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals” into the charity search box. Select our museum as your preferred charity.
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Use smile.amazon.com to log into Amazon every time you shop.

And that’s it! Each time you make a purchase using Amazon Smile, the Rice NW Museum receives a small donation.

Sign up now and support our museum by using Amazon Smile!

Support the Rice Museum by Shopping at Freddy’s

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Want to know a super easy way to support the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals? You can now help the Rice NW Museum earn donations just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card!

To link your Rewards Card to the Community Rewards program:

  1. Register your card
  2. Search for the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals by our unique non-profit organization number: 85221 or by name.

That’s it. Every time you shop using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card you earn points and you are donating to the museum. On a quarterly basis, Fred Meyer sends a donation check to the Rice Northwest Museum. Your shopping supports our programs and activities.

If you don’t already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store. Remember, you earn rewards points, fuel points, downloadable coupons, and more, and the Rice Northwest Museum can earn donations. It’s a win-win!

While shopping at Fred Meyer, be sure and let them know how much you appreciate this easy way to donate and support local charities.

Rock and Gems Magazine Features the Rice NW Museum

The need to support the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was the focus of the lead article in the January 2015 issue of Rock and Gem magazine this week. The article was written by Bob Jones, a personal friend of founders Richard and Helen Rice as well as Bill and Sharleen Rice Harvey, captured much of the history and lore of the collection. Bob highlighted some of the major minerals in the museum and the stories of how they came to be in the collection.

This museum actually far exceeds in quality many publicly supported mineral museums, due to the combination of a wide range of superbly crafted lapidary materials and an astounding collection of priceless minerals. The collections were originally assembled by Richard and Helen Rice, who began collecting in 1938.

These were what I call the “halcyon years” of rockhounding, when quantities of superb minerals were available at reasonable prices. Richard and Helen continued to collect right into the 1990s, an amazing length of time for any serious collector. The quality of their collections was so good they chose to establish a museum so the public could enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Thousands of visitors come to the museum each year.

Page 17 from the January 2015 Rock and Gem Magazine article on the Rice NW Museum.Page 18 from the January 2015 Rock and Gem Magazine article on the Rice NW Museum.

The article covers not only the birth and development of the Rice Northwest Museum, but the impact of its founders on mineral collectors and lapidary hobby by organizing local groups and national organizations to support encourage and educate future geologists and rockhounds. Continue reading

Give to the Rice NW Museum on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 is international #GivingTuesday, a day to give back. Please keep the Rice Northwest Museum in your giving plans for this year.

The event is the day after Cyber Monday and is designed to encourage giving to others. The supporters recommending giving freely of your time volunteering, giving to charity, and giving back.

On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday, we give deals. On Cyber Monday, we get online. On Giving Tuesday, we give back.

And you know what the greatest, coolest, most innovative part about this whole movement is? It doesn’t matter how much you give, or how much you give, only that you give. Join in. Be part of a movement.

You may give to the museum by:

It takes a few dollars or hours to make a huge difference in the museum’s ability to offer free and low cost programs for school children from around the Pacific Northwest, local, national, and international educational outreach programs, to offer extraordinary exhibits and special programs, and introduce thousands of people to the joy of rock collecting and preservation and natural sciences.

The project is a United Nations Foundation program.