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The National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium campaign fundraiser results.

National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium Celebrates 20 Years & Announces Capital Campaign 

A Cause For Celebration

The National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium campaign fundraiser results.On June 27, the National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and publicly announced its Preserve the Wonder capital campaign. The capital campaign, developed and managed by the experienced fundraising team at AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, has currently raised 72% of its goal of $12.75 million and has received over $9.18 million in gift commitments.

The Preserve the Wonder campaign will enable the National Mississippi Museum & Aquarium, often called the River Museum, to continue connecting children and adults to the wonders of history, conservation and the natural world. Major campaign initiatives include an expanded otter habitat, new aquariums and enhancements to increase guest comfort. The museum has already restored the Arriandeaux Log Cabin, Iowa’s oldest building, while also incorporating innovative STEM concepts across the campus to expand educational offerings.

At AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising we believe in doing work that positively impacts people’s lives in significant ways. If you are looking to raise funds from your nonprofit, sign up to download our Fundraising Pre-Campaign Checklist today.

From our locations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising has served over 250 nonprofits in capital campaign planning, feasibility studies and campaign consultation. Contact Jennifer Rubel at 319-268-9151 or for more information.

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Melissa provides fundraising counsel for AMPERAGE’s nonprofit clients, leading feasibility studies and providing solutions that drive successful fundraising campaign results. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), she uses her experience and extensive skill set to continually advance her fundraising practices and develop campaign-specific strategies, materials and training to help clients reach their campaign goals and advance their mission. Melissa has vast experience working in the nonprofit sector, having served in development and leadership roles with Sisters of Mercy and the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, she has served as a volunteer and board member with local nonprofits, such as the Catherine McAuley Center. Faith-based organizations and causes are of particular interest to Melissa. Melissa moves the needle by always looking for new opportunities and ways to improve professionally. She is currently president of the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council and a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Eastern Iowa Chapter. Melissa holds a Master of Strategic Leadership degree from Mount Mercy University. This busy professional, wife and mother enjoys sports and live music in her free time. A fan of Cubs baseball and Iowa Hawkeye football, Melissa and family enjoy football tailgating, where she’s known for her breakfast burritos. She enjoys the local band scene but says a Foo Fighters concert is her all-time favorite.