MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, has established an Education Fund to support its ongoing education programs, including the launch of several new initiatives. The first significant gift to the fund is a $500,000 matching grant from the Babich Family Foundation. The foundation has pledged this match at $100,000 annually for five years to inspire others in the community to participate.
“We are pleased to have MOXI as part of the educational landscape here in Santa Barbara and feel passionately that it should be a resource accessible for all,” say Monica and Tim Babich. “We decided to make the first gift and challenge the community to match our commitment because organizations like MOXI need continuing support to reach as many young minds as possible.”
In its first year, MOXI expects to welcome approximately 15,000 school children. The museum’s director of education, Ron Skinner, and his team began piloting MOXI field trip programming last month. The museum also recently opened registration for the museum’s inaugural summer camp programs which include week-long sessions focused on hands-on robotics, engineering and design, weather and more.
“This fund, and the Babich family’s generous support, will make our field trips, camps and classes accessible to all and allow us to make an impact beyond the four walls of the museum,” says Skinner. “As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of the community and each paid visitor to MOXI, all memberships sold, and every annual gift ultimately supports our educational programming and operations.”
Plans for the first two years include hiring an outreach manager to support MOXI’s efforts to extend its education programs beyond the museum throughout the region. These plans also include purchasing a vehicle and materials for a “MOXI on the Move” program with mobile education programs and a mobile makerspace.
MOXI recently completed its $25 million Capital Campaign which funded the building, exhibits and established an endowment for long-term operational sustainability. Now the museum is shifting its fundraising efforts to annual giving to provide support where the museum needs it most, including specific initiatives such as the newly-established Education Fund. Gifts of any size to the Education Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Babich Family Foundation up to $100,000 per year, effectively doubling the value of new contributions. Those who are able to support MOXI with a gift of $1,000 or more will join the museum’s Innovator Circle which offers a variety of benefits and special surprises to its members.
MOXI is a 21st century museum dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s redeveloped tourist area at 125 State St., it is LEED-certified Gold and serves children of all ages as well as lifelong learners. The museum’s interactive exhibits, designed by award-winning museum planning firm Gyroscope, Inc. align with the national agenda to boost student achievement in math and science. MOXI is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to learn how to get involved, visit moxi.org or contact MOXI at 805/770-5000.