Current Funding Priorities

Thank you for your interest in the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. The park is operated by the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and Nevada corporation, in cooperation with Douglas County. The organization’s mission is to protect and share the resources of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, to promote understanding of Carson Valley’s agricultural history, and to provide arts and cultural opportunities as a public park.

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000:

1. Staffing Seed Money. Funding to pay part-time seasonal employees is needed, with opportunities in various areas, particularly museum collection management and educational programs. These positions are excellent opportunities for college students seeking experience, or retirees sharing theirs. Each position will be responsible for identifying grant opportunities specific to their responsibilities, and assist in preparing grant applications. The resulting team will work closely with volunteers and report to the Park’s curator, who coordinates all aspects of operations.

2. Restoration of Historic Features. After a period of neglect, the Friends of Dangberg is working to restore and maintain the eight historic structures at the Park. One important goal is to restore the historic entrance columns, originally designed by noted Nevada architect Frederick Delongchamps. Another is to rebuild the wood post-and-beam fence that once surrounded the ranch house on three sides. The brick walls of the ranch house’s living room need the mortar repaired to keep out moisture. The 1915 garage and 1917 carriage house need electrical service, interior repairs and brickwork. Douglas County, the Park’s owner, is the controlling partner in these projects, with the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch working to build funding alliances and assist with planning and project coordination.

3. Endowment Fund. The Friends of Dangberg created an endowment fund in January 2016, with management of the fund by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Additional contributions will grow the fund and returns on that investment will help ensure the future care and operation of the Park.

Please contact Mark Jensen, the Curator of the Park and Director of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, at 775-783-9417, to find out more about the park’s needs. He can also be reached at curator@dangberghomeranch.org.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.