The support and patronage of the Scarecrow community brought us here…celebrating our 30th year and our status as one of the most significant libraries of film and television in the world. As we look toward the new year (and our 5th anniversary as a non-profit), we’re grateful for all of the ways that Scarecrow fans have pitched in and become partners in our mission to connect people with their next favorite films.
Your financial support will help us start 2019 strong. Making your tax-deductible gift to our year-end campaign funds:
The preservation and growth of the Scarecrow library – it takes a lot to maintain a library of over 132,000 titles. One of our foremost goals is to archive a copy of every release. If something is released without content available in a previous version, we retain each iteration (that’s why we still offer VHS and laserdiscs with content unavailable elsewhere). And we grow the collection by 3,600+ titles a year. The staff and material resources needed to steward a collection of this size are significant.
Outreach programs that families and seniors rely on – Scarecrow delivers films and gathering opportunities for older adults in area senior and community centers through our Silver Screeners program, making the collection available to those who might otherwise be unable to access it. We also host a weekly Children’s Hour that provides fun and educational programs involving storytime, arts and science activities, and short films from the collection. Donor support keeps these programs free for all.
Free year-round screenings and lectures – we offer free programming nearly every night in our Screening Room and we make this space available to community groups and clients of non-profits. In 2018, we also launched our Movies in the Park series which combined family-friendly films with pre-show arts activities, all in the beautiful setting of Magnuson Park. Your support makes these programs available to the community and gives us the power to develop new ones.
2018 has reminded us that physical media and collections like Scarecrow’s are more vital than ever. News of Filmstruck’s demise punctuates how quickly and arbitrarily quality streaming content can be yanked away. And with fewer and fewer corporations in control of entertainment offerings, the range of stories and voices grows ever-narrower.
Your gift keeps this unparalleled collection available as a comprehensive archive of 125 years of cultural history. Over 10,000 people annually rely on Scarecrow and you have their and our thanks for your partnership in keeping this institution alive and thriving.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY
As part of our year-end campaign, we’re also asking donors to recommend titles to other Scarecrow Fans. We’re posting them in store for all to enjoy and we’d love for you to be a part of it! Check your email confirmation for more details.