German Village Gazette

Village Notebook

Fundraising will pay for items on critical needs list

Here it is, the eagerly anticipated Part 3 in the series on fundrais- ing.

After reviewing why corporations and citizens alike value German Village, and after sharing our goal to raise $100,000 this year for critical needs, today I'll outline those critical needs, because friends and donors and members alike need to understand our finances.

We want YOU to be all three.

Here's how we stay a special place.

Why is German Village Society seeking new fundraising dollars? Because we have a critical needs list to fund, and fulfilling those needs will help us keep German Village vibrant and appealing to all who are invested in central Ohio.

Our critical needs list was created over a one-year period.

It started with strategic planning and continued with brainstormed and vetted ideas through community engagement, so we know that the investments we make with your dollars are fully supported by our residents.

Of paramount importance, we seek to maintain and grow our reputation as a preservation leader and a unique, destination neighborhood for all of Central Ohio.

Finally, we prioritized the list and set budgets for each critical needs item.

* Rehire a professional Historic Preservation Director -- an expert to guide us in current best-practices of preservation. ($25,000 to $45,000 per year)

* Research and implement comprehensive signs for our historic district -- so visitors and residents alike can identify that they are in a special place, learn a bit about our history and find their way to our landmarks.

Comprehensive signs puts us on par with great neighborhoods like Georgetown, downtown Charleston or Old Towne Alexandria. ($10,000 to create strategy, followed by incremental investments in signage)

* Create continuing education workshops for planners, attorneys and realtors -- in collaboration with other Columbus historic neighborhoods -- to show professionals in a five-state region what's so special about Columbus. ($15,000 to $25,000)

* Collect, index, edit and permanently store our oral histories -- we're capturing the stories of those Villagers who saw restoration and preservation from its beginnings in the 1950s before those voices are lost to the generations. ($20,000 to $35,000)

* Create new, interactive tours for schoolchildren aligned to state standards -- we're helping to educate the next generation about the Columbus that came before them and why new generations of leaders will be needed to keep German Village and our spirit of community engagement in place. ($1,000 to $10,000)

You'll notice the Visitors Center isn't in this list. That's a separate campaign with a whole different appeal coming later.

What you see here is programming that affects our ability to be a fully functioning 501c3 non- profit organization in the business of historic preservation and education.

Think we really do need to fund the items above? Think we need to fund more? I agree -- this is just PART of the list.

But you can help.

Join or donate today, or round up your employer and let me talk to them about just how critical our neighborhood is to everyone who works, lives and plays here.

German Village Society Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.

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