The power of a donation

Kathleen J. McCully, Executive Director
Isanti County Historical Society

Wednesday, November 16, is “Give to the Max Day” at The goal is to raise as much money as possible for all non-profits in 24 hours. As a non-profit, fundraising is always a huge reality that is dealt with every day. Donating money, time, talents, and “things” has been commonplace for most of Isanti County’s history.

When settling in this area, many obtained donated land from the US Government. Since immigrants settled near others from their homeland, the community often started with a post office in someone’s home—folks could travel just a few miles from home to send and receive news to loved ones. After the development of small communities, some of this land was then donated by individuals for a church, which may have been built with donated labor and materials. When the populace grew to require formal education in schools rather than in the home, it was mandated that a school was to be built on sections 16 and 36 of each township. This land may have again been donated by the landowner. The core of donation is evident from our very beginnings.

The Isanti County Historical Society, over its history, has been the recipient of donated space, money, labor, volunteer time, artifacts, and historical information. It was started by eight individuals who wanted our history to be preserved and promoted for future generations. Momentum was carried by this group, and then by others over the past 46 years, enabling us to get where we are now. While this momentum may have waned and peaked over and over again, the true success of our business is because of you, and the power of these donations. This is another thing that has not changed.

In keeping with the generosity of our forefathers, please consider giving ICHS a monetary donation on “Give to the Max” day at, or at (search for our name). Every donation is helping us meet expenses as we plan our future in Isanti County. If you don’t read this until after Nov. 16, not to worry—donations can be made at anytime.

I want to thank all for their generosity since the fire, and in advance for those who will be participating on the 16th and after. Community support is vital to our success now, just as it has been in the past. This has never changed.

If you want to support ICHS during our marathon journey in recovery and rebuilding, donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by mail, at our website, or directly at Cambridge State Bank. For all other inquiries, visit, follow us on Facebook, call us at 763-689-4229, email at [email protected] or drop us a letter at 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite K, Cambridge, MN 55008. We are open by appointment only at this time.