In what I would characterize as a really sad story, Ronald Reagan's boyhood home needs only $58K to preserve what is in bad repair. My now deceased dad would have in a heartbeat, knowing this and not particularly wealthy, eagerly written a check for $5 or $10k to help. I know of course that Mr. Reagan continues to be revered by many (his name has been raised in this current election) and given other "objects" to preserve, in my opinion, it should take very little to raise this small sum. And yet, here's a board without the means or knowledge or something to get the job (actually they should probably set up an endowment and avoid the need to raise annual money in the future and even more so, should have a marketing campaign to increase visitor rates to tell this story). Yes, this board has made other missteps (like not selling to the Feds to takeover this house) but even with that error, raising this kind of money, in my opinion should be a no-brainer. So very sad.
Here's the Washington Post story in more detail.