The Lawshe Fund Campaign is an annual appeal that is sent out at the end of every calendar year. The fund itself is named for Fred Lawshe, the organization's founder, who in 1939 joined other historically minded individuals to create an organization to preserve Dakota County's history, today's Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS).
Today, DCHS "preserves, interprets and promotes the history of Dakota County" through our operations of three historic sites. In order to help ensure financial stability, the annual campaign gives history lovers and supporters the opportunity to financially contribute to our mission.
Each year since 2016, we have established an organizational fundraising goal and our supporters and donors have recognized the significant contributions of our organization by providing financial donations to the campaign. We have been beyond grateful for the steadily increasing funds provided to the Lawshe Fund. Since 2018, we have been able to offer matching funds to help extend your individual contribution.
Did you know that you may be able to have your contribution matched? Many businesses will offer to match your donation at 1:1 basis - this means that every dollar you donate, your business will also donate a dollar! To see if your business offers a 1:1 match, please view our list of Matching Gifts. If your company offers a match and is not listed, please let us know.
Despite the COVID pandemic, 2020 was our most successful year fundraising for the Lawshe Fund! We set a goal of $10,000, but with generous matching funds, we increased our total to $12,000. To help achieve this, DCHS staff member Lisa Imbryk created graphics to help "bury" the Lawshe Museum in snow (donations). As the donations came in, the amount of snow increased around the museum.
By the end of the of our Lawshe Fund Campaign, we raised more than $16,000. This figure not only blew past our original goal, but also set a Lawshe Fund record! 2019 was previously our most successful year at $10,000.
It is never too early to start thinking about, or actually contributing to, the 2021 Lawshe Fund!
For your convenience, we have a variety of ways you can give toward the Lawshe Fund. You can use our website to process your donation below. You can also call your donation in over the phone by calling us at the Lawshe Museum (651-552-7548). If you prefer to send a check, you can send it to the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 3rd Avenue N, South St. Paul, MN 55075. Be sure to write in the memo "2021 Lawshe Fund" so we can accurately track your contribution.
If you wish your donation be in memory / honor of another individual, please include that person's name in the "Note" section below, or on the memo of your check.