In a recent meeting, the area philanthropist who gave The Hyde Collection a $100,000 matching gift said, “I hope this is matched four times over.”
The first-time donor to the Museum wanted to make the money go further and so, through the end of this month, any donation to the Museum will be matched dollar for dollar. Since announcing the anonymous donation, the Museum has received numerous gifts of all sizes and even more messages of congratulations. That generosity of spirit is humbling.
But perhaps the most gratifying part is what those donations mean: You recognize the importance of what we do at The Hyde Collection.
We work each day to fulfill the mission set by founder Charlotte Hyde, to promote the fine arts and to benefit the residents of the Glens Falls region. Since the Museum’s inception, we have learned much about the important physical and emotional benefits of having meaningful art experiences, and we strive to develop and offer new ways for our visitors to engage with our amazing permanent collection and changing exhibitions.
This year, we are on track to surpass last year’s Museum admission by 50 percent. Those numbers tell us we are providing experiences that matter.
We need financial backing to care for our gorgeous collection and facility, and to offer so many opportunities, so donations are critical. But the emotional investment you are making in The Hyde inspires us just as much.
Interim Director of The Hyde Collection