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Northwest Education Heritage Outreach Mission Statement. Northwest Education Heritage Outreach (NEHO) is an organization that promotes local, state, and regional history by providing enrichment materials and educational tools for educators, museums, and historic sites in order to allow school-age students to learn about and appreciate their local communities and cultural heritage.

Objectives of NEHO: 1. Provide educational materials to children, students, educators, other historical groups and organizations and museums. Materials will include: •

Community outreach materials alerting targeted communities to the services provided by NEHO. This includes, but tis not limited to: A website, newsletters, social media outlets, community outreach opportunities.

Age/Grade appropriate materials focused on various aspects of local history and historical preservation. The goal is to reach out to students as young as five and as old as eighteen.

Teacher guidebooks with activities to encourage students to get involved with local history and historic preservation. These guides include specific ways the teachers can incorporate NEHO curricula to meet the educational standards required by the State of Oregon. The goal is to make it easier for teachers to include the educational activities in order to meet their required standards for the state.

Materials explaining proper procedures for historical preservation on the individual level. These materials would discuss the importance of historical preservation as well as including hands-on activities to encourage individuals to take part in preservation.

Materials instruction individuals on preservation techniques such as cemetery appreciation and preservation, genealogy, local site appreciation, history/biography, museum archive preservation, oral history, pictorial history, house histories, etc.…

2. Organize workshops in the classroom which meet educational standards and promote an appreciation of local history and historic preservation •

Introduce the concepts of genealogy and family research to all ages

Introduce students to local historic buildings within their community by


encouraging preliminary research and available resources •

Introduce the students to headstones as an art from and discuss the history of funerary symbolism

Discuss the various techniques involved with historic preservation

Educate students on how they can now, and in the future, preserve the landmarks and historic cemeteries and buildings in their community

Research and discuss the cultural diversity in the community

Introduce students to the concepts of individual development and identity, the history of local groups and institutions, and how environments change over time.

Introduce the concept of civic practices and responsibilities with regard to historic preservation

3. Solicit the participation of historical organizations with the promotion of local history and historic preservation •

Organize field trips and hosted tours of various historic landmarks in the local community. Approach local museums about donating and about reducing the cost of admission, or even allowing students to visit for free.

Organize visits to local cemeteries. Encourage local cemetery organizations to become involved with the tours as guides or by becoming guest lecturers in the classroom

Approach various community service organizations to donate the time of their participants in the preservation of local historical landmarks and buildings

4. Organize guest speakers and panel discussions directed at various age groups to promote local history and historic preservation •

Invite members of the DAR to talk about how they actively promote genealogy and actively participate in documentary preservation

Invite members of the Oregon Historical Society to discuss state history

Invite members of local historical societies to discuss town history


Invite genealogists to discuss the fundamentals of genealogical research and the importance of primary documents

Invite members of local cemetery organizations to discuss the importance of cemetery preservation and how to appreciate information found on cemetery headstones

5. Organize community workshops that involve all members of the family or the community as a whole •

Encourage groups to come together and clean/maintain local cemeteries

Offer opportunities for historic preservation as a way for groups such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts to earn specific badges

Offer seminars or workshops on cemetery preservation, oral history, genealogy, or other historic preservation opportunities

Organize a heritage day in the town or local neighborhoods.

6. Encourage participants in research methodologies and historic preservation through the documentation of local history and through conducting oral history •

Introduce students to the value of primary research by organizing field trips to local museums and libraries.

Organize smaller oral history projects with the students

Encourage students to research, write and publish biographies on local personalities, historic sites, local lore, and photography as a record.

7. Organize walking tours for students •

Organize walking tours of specific neighborhoods within a community. Encourage students to do primary research about an area before the actual walking tour

Encourage owners of historic property to become involved in historic preservation by allowing students to see a historic house or by providing students with historical information about the neighborhood


8. To foster an appreciation of local, state and regional history in students so that they will actively participate in historic preservation as adults •

Through the promotion of local and regional history, students become connected with their communities and the importance of historic preservation.

As students become adults, it is hoped that they will value the history of local museums and historic sites and become active in historic preservation by becoming active in their local communities and appreciating the value their contributions and donations will have on future preservation

Students of historic preservation are more likely to pass on this appreciation of local, state, and regional history, and therefore encourage participation of their own children or future generations.

Description of funding needs. Historic preservation is essential now, and in the future, for many of our historic sites. In order to sustain a healthy attitude towards preservation in future generations, Children and young adults must be introduced to and feel connected with their communities, local historic sites and cemeteries in order to become the caretakers when they are wage-earning adults. Therefore, funding is necessary for enrichment materials, field trips to historic sites and museums, and basic preservation techniques. In addition, funding is needed to market NEHO to the schools, appropriate organizations and museums, and schools. Age-appropriate materials and activities are the cornerstone of creating interest in local history, while field trips and basic preservation outings will serve to connect and foster a healthy respect of buildings, cemeteries, parks and other historical environments in the community. Community outreach is pivotal the success of NEHO, and therefore funding is needed for marketing materials needed to reach existing historical landmarks and museums in order to create partnerships with local entities with a desire to preserve the history of the area. Organizations with a vested interest in fostering historic preservation include the Oregon Historical Society, local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), McMenimin Pubs, local historical societies and cemetery organizations, local Girl Scout groups, Boy Scout troops, professors, writers, universities, and state and regional organizations. Almost all of these organizations offer funding for historic preservation. NEHO is a unique approach to grassroots community involvement—we educate today’s youth so that they will be tomorrow’s historic preservers of local history. As a recently established nonprofit, NEHO is still in the beginning stages of organization and development. Although NEHO has a strategic plan for implementing programs for historic preservation, funding is crucial to community outreach and the production of


materials. However, once NEHO is able to reach the education community with its potential to enrich the education of the students, funding sources will be obtainable and NEHO should continue to grow. Potential Funders: •

Oregon Historical Society

Oregon Heritage Programs Grants

Oregon Cultural Trust

Oregon Humanities

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association

Daughters of the American Revolution

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Park Service

Getty Conservation Institute

The Home Depot Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

Partners for Sacred Places

Save America’s Treasures

The Unites States Small Business Administration

Save Our History (History Channel)

Preserve America


Target Group. The potential target group for historic preservation and community outreach is vast. The Pacific Northwest has a rich historic heritage, and every smaller community has contributed to this wealth of local history, biography, historic landmarks and overall culture of an area. •

There are 872,811 children in the state of Oregon as of January, 2011

There are 199 public school districts in Oregon

There are approximately 17,000 students currently being home-schooled.

Funding goals. The funding goals of NEHO are to approach various funding sources that invest time and money into nonprofits focusing on historic preservation and educational outreach in the subjects of history, public history and education. NEHO will also organize fundraising events and work closely with local historical organizations to defray the costs of events and materials.

Funding objectives. As a new nonprofit, NEHO will need funding for the basic organization and facilitation of the organizational goals. These will include, but are not limited to the following: •

Basic funding needed for the setting up of workspace for NEHO operations. Presently, this is a personal office out of the founder’s home.

Funding is needed for the creation of print materials associated with the marketing and community outreach of the organization.

Funding is needed for the creation and publication of NEHO curriculum and other publications associated with the nonprofit

Funding is needed for community outreach events and activities

Funding is needed to defray costs of transportation of students to and from certain events being hosted by NEHO and affiliated organizations

Funding is needed for materials associated with workshops, hands-on activities and in-class presentations.

Funding is needed to pay freelance writers and educators for the creation of curriculum associated with NEHO

Funding is needed to pay for the supplies needed for basic historic preservation


Action plan. NEHO is in the beginning stages of organization. Therefore, the organizational goals for NEHO are presented as thus: SHORT TERM: The short term goals of NEHO are to establish the organization in the community by setting up an office and creating, publishing and dispersing materials associated with community outreach and actual educational product. Funding options that will allow for this basic organization will be pursued. YEAR ONE: The goals for the first year of NEHO focus around community outreach, the creation of educational materials, and the visiting of students in the classroom. Also: NEHO will spend time matching goals and activities with the educational standards of Oregon in order to better approach local teachers and other educators and encourage their involvement in the program. Funding for these goals were be pursued through appropriate channels. Also: at least two fundraising activities/events will be held in the first year. This year will focus on Washington County, Oregon, particularly Beaverton Oregon. YEAR TWO: Building on the success of year one, the goal of NEHO will be to build a strong presence in the local communities through outreach opportunities and activities, visits to the classroom, the distribution of both marketing and educational materials, a social media presence, a website, consistent workshops, established relationships with other historical organizations within the community. The funding of these activities will come from awarded grants, fundraisers, donations and from workshop fees. This year will add Hillsboro to Beaverton, Washington County, Oregon. LONG TERM: The long-term goals of NEHO are to establish a presence in the local and regional communities and gain a reputation for fostering relationships between students and historic preservation. It is assumed that after the second year that NEHO will have established relationships with the local museums, schools, and community centers in Washington County, Oregon and beyond. Funding will come in the form of awarded grants, fundraising, membership/activity fees, etc‌

Funding Options in Detail: Potential funding for NEHO will be presented in more detail in the next assignment. Â

Mock Business Plan/nonprofit  

This is a mock business proposal for a start-up nonprofit in history