Giving to the Chaham Marconi Maritime Center
The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center celebrates the rich history of 20th Century maritime radio and explores the innovative advances in science and technology that continue to transform our lives. Founded in 2002, its mission is executed through operation of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and the advancement of youth STEM Education in communications science.
Memberships, museum admissions and STEM education class fees comprise only about half of the funding needed to sustain and grow the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Your gift will fund current and future operations, enabling us to provide exciting exhibits, education programs (both our in-house Summer Science classes and extended offerings during the school year) and special events related to our core interests: the history and future of wireless communications.
Through generous past gifts such as yours, CMMC’s Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and Education Center have flourished and have become well established within, respectively, the regional museum and STEM education communities.
Please consider supporting the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center today!
Gifts in honor or memory of any person or organization are gratefully received, as are matching gifts from corporations or organizations that choose to encourage the charitable interests of their employees or associates. Donors interested in discussing such special giving requests or Planned Giving to CMMC are invited to contact the Development Chairman by e-mail at Membership@ChathamMarconi.org, or by telephone at CMMC’s offices at 508-945-8889.
Membership: Visit the “Join” page on this website to learn about the benefits of becoming a Member of CMMC.
Volunteering: Our small paid staff overseeing both the museum and the various programs is supported by many Volunteers who assist in numerous ways. We would like to welcome you into this dedicated group. If you would like to become more involved with CMMC’s mission, we invite you to learn more by visiting the “Volunteer” page on this website.
Thank you for your continuing support!
You may designate a gift for a specific area of need, or allow CMMC to apply a gift where it is most needed:
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum: The museum continues to enjoy strong visitor interest and favorable comments in online review sites, resulting in an increase in visitors. TripAdvisor awarded it their Certificate of Excellence again in 2018 and it is consistently one of the top “Things To Do” on Cape Cod. An increasing number of international visitors are now seeking out the museum. The museum hosts field trips by student groups during the school year, and Fresh Air Fund kids & their host parents in the summer. We also participate in the Highland Street Foundations’s Free Fun Friday, and in a Free Locals Day in conjunction with nearby attractions. Since opening in 2011 our exhibits have continued to evolve. 2019 brings the first of three historic Centennials critical to the Marconi-RCA site’s history: the 1919 founding of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), initial trans-Atlantic operations at the Chathamport receiving station in 1920, and Station WCC’s formal conversion to ship-to-shore maritime service in 1921. These milestones promise to spark a new generation of engaging exhibits, events, printed reference materials and multi-media exploring this unique national treasure. Our Wireless Today Gallery extends the story into the 21st Century. Donors with a specific interest in the Wireless Museum are invited to review the Exhibit Galleries Overview page for more information, or to contact the Director of Operations by e-mail at Manager@ChathamMarconi.org or by telephone at CMMC’s offices at 508-945-8889.
STEM Education: CMMC’s Education Programs realize the second component of our Mission and complement the museum. Typical of recent seasons, our professionally-run 2018 Summer Science program of 20+ STEM courses hosted 123 local and visiting students spanning grades 2 to 11. We offered deserving local students scholarships underwritten by several generous donors, including the Roessner Family Foundation, and the Chatham Fund at the Cape Cod Foundation. And we extended some curricula into all-day classes and while partnering with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK) and Pleasant Bay Community Boating. During the school year, we conduct STEM classes during evenings, weekends and school breaks. Our staff is developing exciting new programs for the future. CMMC recently established the position of Education Director so that we may expand our STEM communication sciences curriculum into local schools’ classrooms. Donors with a specific interest in STEM Education are invited to review the Education Overview page for more information, or to contact the Executive Director for Education by email at Education@ChathamMarconi.org or by telephone at CMMC’s offices at 508-945-8880.
Mission Needs: In addition to its Museum and STEM Education operations, CMMC incurs numerous ordinary business expenses including salaries, services, utilities, facilities maintenance, consumables and other overheads. By designating this category, you are helping to best meet CMMC’s financial needs as determined by our management and staff.
Endowment: In December 2016, the Board of Directors established an Endowment Fund made possible by generous gifts received over the previous several years. Its purpose is to facilitate CMMC’s long-term growth and sustainability by funding the transition of management and administration functions from our cadre of dedicated volunteers to career professional staff. Our objective is to grow the fund such that its yield, supplemented by annual museum admission revenue, STEM class fees, grants and other anticipated fundraising income will be sufficient to fund the expected personnel and operating expenses of the organization. In order to achieve this objective, the assets invested in the CMMC Endowment Fund must grow substantially over the next 5 to 10 years. Donors contemplating a gift to the CMMC Endowment Fund are invited to contact the Development Chairman by e-mail at Membership@ChathamMarconi.org or by telephone at CMMC’s offices at 508-945-8889.
We hope that you find Chatham Marconi Maritime Center worthy of your support!
If you have any questions, please contact us at 508-945-8889, or via e-mail at Membership@ChathamMarconi.org .
CMMC is a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax deductible as provided by IRS regulations. Our Federal EIN is 37-1445768.
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