As we head into the holiday season (CRAZY, RIGHT?), now is the perfect time to start thinking about charitable giving for 2018. In this new series of blog posts, I will feature nonprofits that I love, within the Los Angeles area! The first organization that I am featuring is the Pasadena Museum of History. You history buffs are SURE to love this place.
It was a remarkable exhibit deeply rooted in the history of the Bungalow homes that Pasadena is well known for. If you would like, you can view the video here (Bonus: the interviewer is Patt Morrison!).
What is the Pasadena Museum of History, and what is their mission?
On the PMH website it states, “Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing West San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena history, art, and culture. The Library and Archives collection includes almost one million historic photographs, manuscripts, books, maps, architectural artifacts, and ephemera.” Their archive library is amazing!
Remember the film production company I mentioned earlier? Well, with that company we produced a short video that was part of their Kickstarter campaign to fund one refrigerator that historians use for preserving negatives. “Freezing the negatives will put them in a chemically inert state, and limit off-gassing. It is more cost-effective than scanning every negative and digitally storing them; this has the added benefit of preserving the historic artifact. This is the method currently in used by major historical museums with photographic collections.” Their Kickstarter campaign is here, which became fully funded and surpassed their initial goal! It truly is an incredible collection!
The PMH mission statement:
The Mission of the Museum is to promote an appreciation of history, culture, arts, and sciences relevant to Pasadena and adjoining communities
In addition to the many exhibits and art showcases, they have such beautiful grounds that people enjoy walking around in the evening time you can spot people with or without their dogs in tow! They have been a location for everything like movies by D.W. Griffith, to Disney and music videos by Beyonce (“Formation”). Most recently, Serena Carpenter’s "Almost Love” has been added. Additionally, PMH was also the site of two History Lit theatrical productions by Unbound Productions. The location is also a popular wedding and wedding photography location.
It’s a fun place for a selfie too!
What do I like about them?
One of the things that attracted me to the museum the most, is that they make art and history so accessible. Everything was brought to life, once I walked through their exhibits to grasp the concepts of the their curated art. In fact beginning September 29th they have an exhibit opening, “Something Revealed; California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960” that is a fine art exhibition of over 250 works offering a new appreciation of the artists who defied gender and expectation in an era of inequality” (Press Release, visit this link for more info!).
Do check it out, friends!
Another aspect of the organization that is so attractive to me, is that the people involved are such gems, and warm-hearted people who sincerely care about the mission of the organization. They are very interested in the intersection of history, culture, and arts in the Pasadena area. The Pasadena community is well served by this organization!
What is their number one financial challenge?
When asked about their number one financial challenge, the answer is a resounding: sustainability. This is a consistent story I hear from most nonprofits. Being able to build a budget around the timing of when donations comes through can be challenging. Anticipating or predicting what the income can be and how the expenses will plan out is hard! The primary challenge is making sure the financial future is being considered.
How do I get involved?
The Pasadena Museum of History loves their volunteers! Volunteer opportunities range from gallery hosts, helping in the museum store, assisting at special events, and decorating the mansion for the holidays! The volunteer jobs that require training and stamina (and an ease with public speaking) are the docents who give the mansion tours. The education volunteers help train junior docents to work with the 4th graders that come through the art-focused “My Masterpieces” program. If you are interested you can also train to be a docent that provides tours for people through the historic Fenyes Mansion. PMH provides free training, and host several training sessions each year. In the short film that we created (mentioned earlier) we do shoot a couple of scenes from that mansion, and it is simply gorgeous to walk through. I would highly recommend getting yourself a tour of this Mansion at some point!
Where are they located?
Pasadena Museum of History is located near the Rose Bowl at 470 West Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91103. You can find their website here: https://pasadenahistory.org/. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter! Here’s how to get in contact with them based on their website!
$9 per person, Members and children under 12 free
Fenyes Mansion Tours
$17 per person, Members Free
Special thanks to Jeannette Bovard for providing additional information used in this post!
I want to share a secret with you all.
Here it is.
I absolutely LOVE excel.
It is one of the best things that has happened to me. I live, sleep, eat, and breathe excel.
You may think that I am crazy. Or strange. But, Excel is so versatile I use it almost every minute of every day. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.... If you have been shying away from using excel this is your chance to learn the most basic formulas!
Simply type into any cell below: =sum() and then click and drag your cursor so it captures the entire column, and voila! The sum formula will return the total of the cells in a specific range:
The next two formulas have a few variables and may seem complex, but they are pretty easy once you understand what it is used for. For the first formula start typing the formula into any given cell based off a set of data.
Let's say for example this data set has a list of dates and then numbers in the corresponding column. This could be significant for the total amount of expenses for any particular day. So, if we wanted to drill down into one particular date in this data set. Type in =sumif( and then the first part of this formula is going to be the range of dates in the column (or row). Next click and drag your mouse over that column that has the dates.
The second part is to point your formula to the date that you want the value to return. For example, if I only wanted to drill down on the expenses that happened on May 15th I would type in May 15th into one cell, and then have this formula point into that cell. See examples below.
I hope that was super helpful for you all! Excel can be *your* friend too!
I also wanted to prove that it is possible to be a beginner in Excel and be able to use my budget spreadsheets. My current budget spreadsheets are in Google Sheets -- which is very similar to excel, but you can access it anywhere you have access to Google Drive. For example, I have my checkbook register on my Google drive (google sheets) and I can access it at any given point in time on my cell phone. This way I know the exact balance of my bank accounts without having to log onto my bank. This saves me time, which essentially also saves me money.
Stay tuned, friends… I do plan to publish more spreadsheets in the very near future for purchase at an affordable cost! So, if you have not already seen my google sheet budget spreadsheet, you are missing out! Or, you can just go check it out in my blog here. Make sure to read the blog for the special link!
As always, if you find yourself in a bind or are having difficulty with the formulas above do feel free to reach out to me by email or comment below.
In last week’s blog post I talk about how I organize and plan out certain details in my life. If you have not read that you can do so here. The reason why I think it is important to have a basis of understanding of planning is so that we can move to our next topic at hand. I believe planning is an essential part of life! However, when it comes to financial planning I get the sense from many people that they are going through certain phases in life without a plan. This may seem trivial to some, but I cannot stress how important it is to have a financial plan. If creating a plan will set us up for success, then imagine what creating a financial plan will do for us!
I know that you, faithful readers, have a growing interest in financial planning; but maybe you are unaware of the why/what/how for this. In my line of work, I come across various types of people! Those who are afraid of spending money, those who are afraid of how much money they spend, and everywhere in between!
If you are afraid of spending money… make a plan.
If you are a crazy spender … make a plan.
If you are a moderate spender … make a plan.
Part of creating a financial plan is to figure out what your need is, plan for it, and then adjust accordingly. Focusing too much on one area may hold you back from moving forward. I feel at this time, it is important to state that this blog post is in no way trying to make you feel stressed, but to bring light to a topic I feel is important.
The What of Financial Planning
What sorts of things might you be planning for, you ask? Well, do you plan to get married? Do you plan to buy a home? Do you plan to have kids? These are all specific phases where you will definitely want to create a financial plan. You may even want to simply buy a new piece of furniture and in order for you to not get in debt over it, you will also need to create a financial plan to get there.
Implementing a Financial Plan
You might be wondering how can one implement a financial plan in your life. Maybe you feel there is not enough money in your budget to do so. Here are my tips for creating a financial plan and implementing it right away!
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