Get Involved!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota exists thanks to the support of generous donors, many wonderful volunteers, our incredible members and visitors,  and the entire Greater Mankato community. A big thank you goes to everyone who has supported us along the way!


Your gift to the Museum is vital for us to continue to offer a place where all can play, and continue to provide new, creative, and interactive exhibits, and develop quality, educational programs.

Join the Ignite Society

Ignite Society

Become a leadership donor by joining CMSM’s Ignite Society and ensure that we’re always at the forefront of innovation and creating new opportunities for every child in our region to realize the benefits of the Power of Play. 


Volunteers play a vital role at CMSM. We appreciate the time and talents of those who share our passion for the Power of Play.

Volunteer at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Become a Member of the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Become a member

The best way to get involved with the Children’s Museum is to become a member! Choose from several levels including the option to pay for membership monthly or annually.

2020 Annual APPEAL Contributors


  • Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

$50,000 – $99,999

  • Lyle and Kay Jacobson
  • Mankato Area Foundation
    • David Christensen and Jill Evans Fund 
    • Community Response Fund, a collaborative effort of the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation
    • Consolidated Communications Community Fund
    • Dotson Family Fund
    • Brad and Ann Hendricks Fund
    • Dennis and Sue Hood Fund
    • Kay and Lyle Jacobson Family Fund Page
    • Jones Richards Family Fund
    • Schott Family Fund Women’s Giving Circle

$25,000 – $49,999

  • L & N Andreas Foundation
  • Mankato Clinic

$10,000 – $24,999

  • Alltech
  • Blue Earth County
  • Coughlan Companies
  • Mankato Motor Co. Inc.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • MEI Total Elevator Solutions
  • Xcel Energy

$5,000 – $9,999

  • BENCO Electric Cooperative & Great River Energy
  • Consolidated Communications Inc.
  • Denny and Carole Dotson
  • Deb Johnson and John Wattleworth
  • John Kent
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Olseth Family Foundation
  • The Stevens Family Charitable Fund
  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • Union Pacific Railroad

$1,000 – $4,999

  • Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Arizona State University, NISE.net
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BLK Electric, Inc.
  • Catherine and Michael Brennan Charitable Fund
  • City of North Mankato
  • Crystal Valley Coop
  • Dotson Iron Castings
  • Mark & Mary Davis Foundation
  • Federated Insurance Co.
  • Greater Mankato Rotary
  • Mary Jo and Wade Hensel
  • Kato Engineering – Nidec
  • Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • Morson Ario Strand VFW Post 950
  • MTU America Inc.
  • Otter Cove Children’s Museum
  • Evan Reiter
  • Riley Family Foundation
  • Scheels
  • Kim and Sue Schwickert
  • Margie and Phil Slingsby
  • Alyssa Stitt and Garron Williams
  • Joe and Kara Sullivan
  • Glen A. Taylor Foundation
  • Terasota Partners, LLC
  • University of Minnesota/MAELC
  • Valley News Company
  • Dennis and Karen Wahlstrom

$500 – $999

  • Cathy and Lonnie Bristol
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Hatanpa Insurance Agency Inc
  • IPS Development, LLC
  • Johnson Outdoors Inc.
  • Benjamin Krueger
  • William Lorentz
  • Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club
  • Mankato Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary
  • Kathleen Michaelson
  • Minnesota Corn Growers Association
  • Old National Bank
  • Robert and Sue Olson
  • Jean Peterson
  • Sarah Richards
  • Schwickert’s Tecta America
  • Laura Stevens

In-Kind Donors


  • Andy Cramblit
  • Hedgehog Advertising
  • Brady Hullopeter
  • Wendell Lorentz & Sons Construction, Inc.
  • Mega Matt Productions
  • Zef Energy