The Basilica Landmark’s mission is to “Preserve, Restore, and Advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations.” Our organization was founded more than 20 years ago by some very good friends who saw the importance of maintaining The Basilica for generations to come through a foundation dedicated to this specific mission. Then, like today, it was important for these leaders to establish a separate 501 (c) (3) organization from The Basilica and separate from the Archdiocese.
We have a great responsibility and privilege in this mission. We are the stewards of America’s first Basilica, and as historic architectural treasures have been demolished, it is still at the heart of Minneapolis and has defined the skyline for more than 100 years.
This past year has been anything but typical for The Basilica Landmark. In November of 2013, we were offered an unprecedented matching challenge gift of $2.5 million. To receive the match, we had to have $2.5 million given by December 31, 2017. As you have probably heard, we met this challenge this January, three years ahead of schedule. We are so grateful for the outpouring of generosity shown to The Basilica Landmark at this exciting time.
This is wonderful news, and $5 million will fund many important projects on our campus, including the 2014 replacement of the church and school HVAC system and replacement of the original boiler from 1913 (finally central air in the school). This year, we will begin the renovation of the Reardon Rectory fourth floor and the installation of sprinklers and central air throughout the building.
Today, we are a thriving organization, investing more than $2 million each year in our campus. And through 2017, significant projects planned on our campus will end our limitations for service and programming expansion. Major projects planned between 2016–2018 include Church tuck-pointing and roofing work, an expansion of the Cowley Center, and tuck-pointing and new window installation in the School. For more information on these projects, visit us online at www.thebasilicalandmark.org.
You can feel the momentum on our campus and the progress paves the way for wonderful things in our future.
To make these projects possible we still need your support, and are thrilled to announce yet another wonderful opportunity to increase the impact of your gift. In 2015, a challenge gift has been made to The Basilica Landmark. For each new annual fund gift of any size this spring, a $100 donation will be made to The Basilica Landmark. Please watch your mailbox for information about the annual fund, and join others with a gift to the annual fund the weekend of April 25 and 26.
We are preparing this building of hope for the future, for the outreach services, for the growing programs on our campus, for the inspiring liturgies, the 20+ concerts available to the public, the inspiring art, and so, so much more. The Basilica Landmark ensures the home for beautiful things that happen there each and every day.
Please also mark your calendar for The Basilica Landmark Ball on May 16, which will be held at The Basilica! Tickets and tables are selling now; reserve your spot by calling Meghan Gustafson at 612. 317.3455.