Balloon Museum Foundation’s Mission

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum stands as a symbol of wonder and innovation in the picturesque landscape of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the skies are painted with vibrant hot air balloons. At the heart of this marvel is the Balloon Museum Foundation, a dynamic force dedicated to preserving history, supporting dreams, and fostering a community united by the joy of balloon flight.

Our Mission:

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation believes in sharing the joy and wonder of balloon flight by honoring past innovators and supporting future explorers. The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation uplifts the Balloon Museum by cultivating relationships, promoting involvement and raising funds. This mission is not just a statement; it’s a commitment to keeping the flame of curiosity and exploration alive.

Uplifting through Relationship Cultivation:
To truly uplift the Balloon Museum, the foundation employs a multi-faceted approach. Cultivating relationships is at the core of our strategy, creating a network that extends from the local to the global ballooning community and includes the Department of Arts & Culture and the museum itself. By promoting involvement and raising funds, the foundation ensures the museum remains a thriving hub of discovery and inspiration.

Values: Ignite, Raise, Radiate

The Balloon Museum Founations values are embodied in the powerful words IGNITE, RAISE, and RADIATE, each representing a pillar of excellence:

  • IGNITE: Passion, Service, Generosity, Inspiration, Teamwork, Efficiency
  • RAISE: Awareness, Spirits, Funds, Enthusiasm, Commitment, Performance
  • RADIATE: Community, Accountability, Appreciation, Responsiveness, Reliability, Acceptance

These values serve as the guiding principles that shape the museum’s culture and create an environment where the joy of balloon flight can flourish.

2024 Strategic Goals:
Looking ahead to 2024, the Balloon Museum Foundation has set ambitious yet achievable strategic goals:

  • Ignite Engagement: The foundation aims to spark engagement at every level, from the local community to the board, stakeholders, and the Department of Arts & Culture. By fostering a sense of connection, we hope to strengthen the museum’s local and global impact.
  • Increase Foundation Membership: Recognizing the strength in numbers, the foundation aims to increase its membership base, providing more opportunities for individuals to actively support the museum’s mission. The foundation seeks to create a diverse community through increased membership united by a shared passion.
  • Boost Fundraising: Aiming high, the foundation aspires to increase fundraising revenue by $50,000. This additional funding will play a crucial role in supporting mission-driven programs and ensuring the seamless operation of the Balloon Museum.

The Balloon Museum Foundation is planning for 2024 with a strong sense of excitement and purpose. By adhering to its mission, embodying its values, and pursuing strategic goals, the foundation is not just supporting the Balloon Museum but fostering a community bound by the joy and wonder of balloon flight. Together, we are soaring higher, creating a legacy that honors the past, supports the present, and inspires the explorers of the future.