Help Us Create Our Western Heritage and Education Center

Help Us Create Our Western Heritage and Education Center

The Empire Ranch Foundation is undertaking a 4-year capital campaign to renovate the New Ranch House to serve as conference space for education programs, a place for environmental researchers to come stay for a day or two while they study the beautiful area of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, and as office space where our board members, or in the future, a new administrative director can work.

The New Ranch House was constructed by Pancho and Sherry Boice around 1955 as their home, and their children, Steve, Kitty, Sherry, and Carol, grew up in the house. It has also served as a residence for Empire Ranch staff, Mac Donaldson and his family, quarters for BLM staff, and as a field lab for researchers.

Here are some specifics:

  • The cost of restoration is approximately $350,000.
  • The first year of this campaign’s donations will be earmarked specifically for architectural drawings, safety studies and a planning session with the board and stakeholders to create a definitive plan for the use of the New Ranch House once it is completed.
  • The second through fourth year will be additional fundraising, writing grants and proposals to agencies and foundations that might help us reach our goal of $90,000 each year.

Will you invest in the future of the Historic Empire Ranch?

How can you help? Become a Capital Campaign donor for the duration of the project. Here is how:

  • Make a pledge – from $500 – $10,000 or more if you are so inclined. This will be your pledge every year for 4 years. We can manage your monthly payments in our office from your credit card (don’t worry, it is secure) or you can pay your full amount each year at a date that is convenient for you.  To learn more about making a pledge click here to send us an email.
  • Click here to make a single donation on your own schedule.

Your name will be listed on our website and in our donor list in our March newsletter (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). And you will be recognized at our events – when they start up again.

Please consider making a gift today!