Capital Campaign


What is the "Key to Our Future" capital campaign?

It's a campaign to purchase, renovate and expand the building on 403 Main Street in Joseph (the building that we currently operate in) so that Wallowa County will have a permanent and sustainable home for arts and culture.

What is Phase I?

Phase I (2020-2021) focuses on the building purchase, critical safety repairs and accessibility for all.  

What’s the goal for Phase I?

We need to raise $575,000 by June 2021. Thanks to grants and private donations, we only need to raise $50,000 from the community.  When you donate, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will match (essentially doubling) your donation up to $50,000! 

What is Phase II?

Phase II (2022-2023) focuses on the renovation and expansion of the building.

Below are the 11 capital construction projects that are urged to be funded by the Oregon Legislature in 2021, as decided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Why buy the building?

The building is for sale, and we have the chance to buy the property for less than half of the appraised value!  Once the sale is complete, the owner has offered a gift of $100,000 to set up an operating endowment.  The endowment ensures that we can maintain the building for years to come. If it is sold to someone else, the Josephy Center could cease to exist as the gathering place it is now. 

What repairs need to happen?

We want the Josephy Center to be a safe and accessible place for children, families and visitors to gather and learn. Critical repairs include: an indoor sprinkler system (for fire safety), emergency exit doors, repaired plumbing, wheelchair ramps, ADA accessible bathrooms, a fire escape, repaired logs, etc.

What does this campaign mean for the future of Wallowa County?

Ownership means that we can expand and improve the Center to as your needs grow and change.  While phase I is a priority, we can start planning for phase II now.  What would you like to see happen at the Josephy Center?  a multi-purpose room for performing arts like dance and theater?  A expanded ceramics studio? More space dedicated to regional and Nez Perce education?  Let us know! Contact <[email protected]> and send us your ideas. 

How can I help?

Your help is crucial to the success of this campaign. We need your ideas, your enthusiasm, your participation and your donations.  To donate click the Donate button on this page, or mail a check to: PO Box 949, Joseph, OR 97846

Where can I find a list of related Media & Events?

The Chieftain: Josephy, Maxville Centers Both Receive Endorsements

March 16th at 5 pm: Zumwalt Buck Tag Raffle Drawing - Congratulations to Nick Cameron for winning the raffle!

April 15th at 6 pm: Capital Campaign Virtual Fundraiser - Help us achieve our goal of $50,000 community match with this fun, interactive virtual event!

Community Goal

This giving thermometer reflects the community fundraising goal of $50,000, which includes all donations received after January 15, 2021 (when this campaign officially became “public”.)  Please note that all donations that were received after November 17th, 2020 and specified for the capital campaign, will be applied toward the  MJ Murdock Charitable Trust match challenge.