Heritage Center funding campaign crosses $50K

The Keizer Cultural Center

The Keizer Heritage Foundation has reached the halfway point of its goal to raise $100,000 for the maintenance of the Keizer Cultural Center, built in 1916 as the Keizer School.

To date, the Heritage 100 has been received 50 $1,000 donations and is seeking 50 more donors. 

Upon its move and restoration, the Keizer Heritage Foundation established a sinking fund for repairs and maintenance. In 2019, maintenance needs on the 105-year-old building wiped out the sinking fund.

The board of the foundation established the Heritage 100 in 2019 to raise money from the community to replenish the sinking fund. The campaign to solicit $1,000 each from 100 people, families and businesses was slowed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Board Vice President Lore Christopher said the Keizer Heritage Foundation is re-energizing the campaign to finish the fundraising to complete the projects needed to assure the building’s future.

Replaceing windows, HVAC systems as well as fresh interior paint and carpeting are top priorities. 

Donations to the Heritage 100 are tax deductible. Donors can choose to make a one-time donation of $1,000; they can also make two- or four-payments over a 12-month period.

All donors will recognized with a name plate on permanent plaque inside the Keizer Cultural Center. 

To make a donation to secure the old Keizer School contact the Keizer Heritage Foundation at [email protected], call 503-393-9660, or contact Lore Christopher at 503-910-4439 or Lyndon Zaitz at 503-930-19860.