Endowments

When our founder Harold Schafer stood atop the butte overlooking Medora more than half a century ago, he didn’t see a small, run-down cowboy town—he saw a piece of American history worth preserving.

In 1986 Harold and the Schafer family took their dedication to Medora to the next level by establishing the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation with a multi-million dollar gift. And in order for us to keep our vision alive, we are committed to pursuing several endowments that will grow and offer stability for decades to come.

AN ENDOWMENT IS AN INVESTMENT IN A BETTER TOMORROW.

An endowment fund is established with a gift from a generous donor.

Through the prudent management by the investment staff and board, the endowment fund grows and produces income annually and in perpetuity.

The principal is held in perpetuity, and the income proceeds support the needs as designated by donor intentions.

Endowments that support our guests

Medora WISH Endowment

Helping more children experience Medora

Veterans Day in Medora

Allowing former and active duty military members to see the Medora Musical for free

Andrist Performing Arts Endowment

Supporting downtown music and performance in Medora

Endowments that support our places

Laffen Family Medora Musical

Supporting the greatest show in the west

Wolters’ Beautification Fund

Keeping our town beautiful

Burian Family for Maintenance

Keeping Medora in tip-top shape

Endowments that support our people

Tjaden Scholarships Fund & Larson Ambassador Award

Supporting the dreams of our employees

Denis Montplaisir Volunteer

Supporting our volunteer program forever

Kavlie Family Fund 

Supporting faith-based partnerships in Medora

Tim & Becky O’Keefe for Visual Arts

Developing arts programs in Medora

Endowments that support our general fund

These donors have contributed at least $25,000 to the following endowments

The Next 100 Years

& the Schafer Fund

Harold (dec.) & Sheila (dec.) Schafer

Sandy Boehler

Van & Dee Larson

Pat & Bev Altringer

Norman & Eunice Jones

Herman Gierke (dec.)

Larry & Dorothy Goodall

Sandy & Rod (dec.) Tjaden

Frank (dec.) & Doris (dec.) Kubik

Gretchen & Steve Stenehjem

Mert & Karen Johnsrud

Ray (dec.) & Gert Hoffman

David & Vivian Meiers

Michael & Marilyn Smyth

Bruce & Carolyn Adams

Winnifred Brown (dec.)

Marby Hogen & Loren Kopseng

United Energy Corporation

Greg & Nancy Tschetter

George & Myrtle (dec.) Dynes

Berniece B. Olson

Brad & Deb Wimmer

THE FOLLOWING DONORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED A CUMULATIVE MINIMUM OF $25,000 OVER MULTIPLE ENDOWMENTS:

Claudia B. Anderson

Randy & Susan Axvig

Russell & Inez Coenen

Dr. Lana & Warren Schlecht

Randy & Laurie Hatzenbuhler

Rich & Joanne Becker

Carroll L. & Crystal S. Dewing