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“Giving Tuesday” Takes on New Meaning during Challenging Times A New Response Fund Supports The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Everything is different now. Everyone has new challenges. But each individual has the power to help make a difference. As The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis plans for its reopening (date TBD), a new fund called The Rex Response Fund (named for Rex, the museum’s adorable dinosaour mascot) will assist the museum in maintaining the safe and secure world-class institution families and children expect. The fund is established in time for the international day of charitable giving known as #GivingTuesday, May 5, 2020.

The Rex Response Fund addresses the museum’s most urgent operational, programming and staffing needs as it faces a potential economic loss estimated between $4–$7 million directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Children’s Museum takes great pride in providing extraordinary family learning experiences in fun, interactive and memorable ways. Our ability to provide unique and updated science, arts and humanities and sports and fitness opportunities are always made possible through the incredible generosity of our donors and partners,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We understand this is a challenging financial time for everyone and ask for donations of any size to be made to The Rex Response Fund when the time is right for personal giving.”

Here are some ways in which the ongoing temporary closure of the museum affects our members and guests:

  • More than 309,000 children and families will not experience 5,850 performances by the Museum’s professional actor-interpreters in exhibit galleries and the Museum atrium, including 1,182 outdoor performances, events, and programs
  • Approximately 8,900 children and families will not be able to attend 3 discounted admission days (First Thursdays) with associated arts, sciences, and humanities performances and programming
  • Over 309,000 children and families will not be exposed to free, professional performing arts in Lilly Theater
  • 5 community events and workshops will be cancelled during this time, affecting approximately 350 children and families

To learn more and to make a safe and secure donation, please visit childrensmuseum.org/donate.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is proud to partner with Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.

About The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about the tourist attraction and museum, please visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.com/IndyTCM.