Museum Announces Endowment Campaign

The Campaign to Preserve Our National Pastime Supports the Nonprofit Museum

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum today rolled out its Campaign to Preserve Our National Pastime, an important initiative to build a $30 million endowment for the Cooperstown-based institution. The announcement comes after receiving 100% participation from the Museum’s Board of Directors and a generous gift of $10 million from Major League Baseball, on behalf of its 30 teams. The Museum has now raised $22 million toward its $30 million goal.

This significant endowment will allow the Museum to keep pace with advancements in exhibition and conservation technology, assuring its priceless collections are always well-preserved; provide for growth in historical research and youth programs; and preserve and build upon the vision set by those who built this American treasure.

“I am extremely grateful to the members of our Board of Directors, and to Commissioner Manfred and all 30 of Major League Baseball’s teams for their very generous lead gifts to our endowment,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark. “Combined with commitments from 100% of our Board of Directors and early generous donations from some of baseball’s greatest fans, we are now on our way toward reaching our goal. A fully-funded endowment will ensure that the Hall of Fame will continue preserving the history of our National Pastime for many generations to come.”

“On behalf of all 30 Major League clubs, we are pleased to make this gift to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. “We could not be happier to support the Museum, which does a magnificent job of preserving and telling Baseball’s history and its place in American culture and values. We’ve been in lock-step with the Hall of Fame since it opened in 1939, and we believe that our support of this endowment will help to assure the Museum’s independence in perpetuity.”

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