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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!

Donate

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.

Child exploring agriculture in the Ag and Nature lab at the Childrens Museum in Mankato

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. 

Volunteer

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 childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota in mankato
kids playing at the childrens museum of southern minnesota family activities in mankato

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.

2021 Annual APPEAL Contributors

$100,000+

  • Glen A. Taylor Foundation
  • Kay Jacobson
  • Mankato Area Foundation
    • Andy and Christine Nessler Fund
    • Brad and Ann Hendricks Fund
    • Community Response Fund
    • Consolidated Communications Community Fund
    • David Christensen and Jill Evans Fund
    • Dennis and Sue Hood Fund
    • Dotson Charitable Fund
    • Elks Charitable Fund
    • Jean and Tim Bye Family Fund
    • Kay and Lyle Jacobson Family Fund
    • Olseth Family Foundation
    • Page Jones Richards Family Fund
    • Pat and Kristin Duncanson Family Fund
    • Phil and Margie Slingsby Charitable Fund
    • Ryan McKeown and Danielle Media Financial Advisory Team Community Fund
    • Schott Family Fund
    • Thin Film Technology Fund
    • Women’s Giving Circle
  • Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Blue Earth County
  • Cemstone Concrete Materials LLC
  • Hohlmeier Construction, Inc.
  • Wendell Lorentz & Sons Construction, Inc.
  • MEI Total Elevator Solutions
  • Mathiowetz Construction Co.
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Minnesota Department of Education – Grants Services Division
  • Prairie Ecology Bus Center

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Denny & Carole Dotson
  • ISG
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Schwickert’s Becta America
  • The Stevens Family Charitable Fund
  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • Vetter Stone
  • Xcel Energy Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999

  • Abdo
  • Ed Allen Design
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Judy Anderson
  • Arizona State University
  • Bolton & Menk, Inc.
  • Heidi Boyum
  • Bremer Bank
  • Cathy & Lonnie Bristol
  • CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)
  • Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group
  • Crystal Valley
  • Charles & Virginia Danish
  • Mary & Mark Davis Foundation
  • Alice & John Dimeglio
  • DLC Manufacturing and Fabrication, Inc.
  • Dotson Iron Castings
  • Matt Downs & Lynn Schreiner
  • Drummers Garden Center & Floral
  • Federated Insurance Co.
  • Linda & Robert Frost
  • Gislason & Hunter LLP
  • Julie & Paul Graupmann
  • Matt Halvorson
  • Bill & Jane Horton
  • Kato Engineering – Nidec
  • Knutson Construction
  • Joe Koberoski Trees
  • Lake Washington Imp. Assn.
  • Bill Lorentz
  • Char Lusher
  • Mankato Motor Co.
  • Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • David & Kathleen Michaelson
  • Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital
  • Monarch Healthcare Management
  • Morton Ario Trance VFW Post 950
  • City of North Mankato
  • Nuss Truck & Equipment Donor Advised Fund
  • Robert & Sue Olson
  • The Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, P.A.
  • Barb Overlie
  • Sandra Parks
  • Elizabeth Peltola
  • Jean Peterson
  • Pat Prange
  • Jeans & Robert Preston
  • Riley Family Foundation
  • Scheels
  • Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation
  • Snell Motors
  • State Farm Companies Foundation
  • Stifel
  • United Prairie Bank
  • Valley News Company
  • Deb Johnson & John Wattleworth
  • Dennis & Karen Wahlstrom
  • Pamella Willard

$500 – $999

  • Dan Anderson
  • APE Studio
  • Compeer Financial
  • Dan & Mary Corcoran
  • Louise & William Dickmeyer
  • Dennis & Joyce Findley
  • KidsGardening
  • Linda Good
  • Henry & Heather Von Bank
  • Howard & Nicole Haugh
  • Ann & Brad Hendricks
  • Johnson Outdoors Inc.
  • Jason & JoRae Galli Storm
  • Betty Jo & David Braun
  • Jeff Lang
  • Brad & Linda Leiding
  • Original Blend 1, LLC
  • Lloyd Lumber Co.
  • Fred & Diane Lutz
  • Wade & Mary Jo Hensel
  • Gregg Marg & Sue Steck
  • Minnesota Corn Growers Association
  • Carl & Susan Morsching
  • Peloton
  • Pet Expo
  • Elizabeth Peters
  • John Petersen
  • American Legion Post 11
  • Stephen & Donald Putzier
  • Kim & SUe Schwickert
  • Dave & Jane Schostag
  • Ashley & Paul Shneider
  • Lori Stevermer
  • Brie Taralson
  • Katie & Scott Thompson
  • Elizabeth & Makr Ulman
  • Maureen & Ed Waltman
  • Warclaw & Melinda Wedzina
  • Bridget & Tom Weigt
  • Mitch & Christi Wilking

In-Kind Donors

$500+

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