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Edventure Charity Profile
EdVenture’s mission is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning.
Our vision is to create new generations of lifelong learners. EdVenture is a locally-managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution. We are not a state-funded government agency. Our funding comes through three main sources: 50% of our annual operating budget comes from admissions and earned revenue, 30% from members, sponsors and donors, and 20% from local government support. Edventure is supported in part by the City of Columbia and Richland County.
EdVenture is designed to appeal to families and children around the state as well as visitors to the Midlands. Permanent exhibits and programs along with a vibrant schedule of changing exhibits will entice both return visitors and new arrivals. EdVenture’s average annual attendance is 200,000. Since opening on November 8, 2003, EdVenture has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Eighty percent of our visitors are families, with the remaining twenty percent attending as organized groups including school field trips, civic organizations and church clubs.
Edventure Volunteer Information
With exciting events always around the corner, EdVenture is seeking friendly volunteers with a variety of skills. If you’re a pro when it comes to administrative duties, art, events and more, we’d love to hear from you! Together we’ll bring the joy of learning to South Carolina’s children.
Volunteer at EdVenture!
EdVenture is currently accepting volunteer applications from people interested in working with us in a variety of capacities. Review the available positions below to see which spikes your fancy.
Museum Apprentice Program (MAP)
EdVenture is actively recruiting for our Museum Apprentice Program this semester. Designed for rising 7th through 12th-graders, MAPs are trained and paired with staff to work in exhibit interpretation, facilitate activities on the exhibit floor, help with birthday parties, assist in our summer camps and more. MAPs are required to commit six hours a month.
Museum Floor Volunteer
Come help in one of our eight world-class galleries. Help guide school groups in the morning or museum guests in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to be on the front line of the first-hand EdVenture experience.
EdCetera®, the EdVenture store, Volunteer
Get to know the merchandise and help guests find the perfect item in EdCetera. Help the store manager stock and inventory merchandise, wrap gifts, and keep the store running smoothly.
Join the professionals in the Education, Finance, Marketing, and Development Departments of EdVenture. This is a great opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes of the museum.
Summer Camp Volunteer
Be trained as a Camp EdVenture volunteer team member in the spring. Summer half-day camps are in June, July and August.
Edventure Donation Information
There’s no better way to show your enthusiasm and support for EdVenture Children’s Museum than by becoming a donor. If you’ve already made a contribution, we couldn’t be more grateful. After all, this world-class museum belongs to each and every one of us.