We connect people to Medora for positive,
life-changing experiences.


For over 50 years, we've believed Medora is a special place. It's our mission to preserve this historic place for our children, and children's children to be inspired -- inspired by the experience of the Badlands the way Harold Schafer was, and Theodore Roosevelt before him. 

Ready to help make some life-changing experiences happen!? Now more than ever your support has impact.


Ready to join as an Annual Member of our Rough Riders!?


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Everything we strive to do in Medora is aimed at combining History, Education, & Entertainment in a way that connects people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences they'll keep with them forever. 

We can't do it alone and are lucky to have the support of people just like you.

Folks from around the state, region, and country have found great impact, fulfillment, and purpose by becoming supporters of our mission here in Medora. And the ways to provide support vary widely.

Over 600 people choose to support TRMF by participating in our Volunteer Program. Hundreds of individuals and businesses have chosen to become Annual Members. Thousands rallied behind the Burning Hills Amphitheatre construction project in 1991 and '92, and are continuing to do so today to replace the Theatre's 25-year-old seats.

And we are continually humbled and inspired by major gifts for projects like the Rough Riders Hotel, the Life Skills Center, Elkhorn Quarters, and sustaining endowments for the performing arts and The Medora Wish

Each and every supporter -- in effort and dollars -- makes an impact.

And in giving to Medora, you have a feeling of pride knowing your contribution helps preserve this experience for future generations. 

Read on to learn more and get involved...

OUR HISTORY -- About the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation 

We are a public, non-profit organization that was formed in 1986 by a multi-million dollar gift from Harold Schafer and his family. Harold was most famously known as the founder of the Gold Seal Company, Mr. Bubble, Glass Wax and other nationally-known household products -- but his LOVE was for Medora.

Today, we at TRMF strive to preserve, present, and serve all that Harold loved about Medora by operating history, education, entertainment businesses for people to enjoy in the beautiful North Dakota Badlands. 

But WHY are we doing ANY of this? Because we believe it is so important to connect people to historic Medora for positive, life-changing experiences. Learn more about the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.


VOLUNTEER -- Help TRMF with the gift of your time

Each year over 600 volunteers spend a week at a time in Medora helping to preserve and make Medora better for guests. Our dedicated and gracious volunteers have been absolutely crucial in sustaining the growth of TRMF and Medora as a destination. And they keep Harold Schafer's dream of a place for families to connect with one another alive and well.

TRMF Volunteers apply online each year between November 15 and January 1. Learn More about our Volunteer Program and Apply Here


BECOME AN ANNUAL MEMBER -- Great Option for Businesses or Individuals 

Thousands across the region have seen the great value in becoming an Annual Member of the TR Medora Foundation. Individual memberships are $333 and can be paid for in instalments as low as $20.83 per month, while flexible Business Memberships start at $1,000. Both types of memberships come with some great perks, while providing support that is the foundation for keeping the experience of Medora one that folks from all over the world love. See what Memberships Help Us Do and Become an Annual Member or Business Member Here.


PROJECTS FOR NOW, AND FOR THE FUTURE -- $50 Million in the last decade and still improving

There's so much happening to improve and preserve the Medora Experience, we have to show you it all! From improvements for mobility impaired show-goers at the Medora Musical and Sponsorship of "The Greatest Show in the West", to Maintenance Endowments at Bully Pulpit Golf Course and support for the world's best Theodore Roosevelt Repriser, Joe Wiegand.

Our supporters have helped us to invest nearly $50 Million into Medora in the last 10 years -- and things are just getting started. Check out some recent successes here or See the list of Projects for the Future here.


THE MEDORA WISH -- An endowment to allow more families to enjoy Medora

A brand-new initiative driven by our all-volunteer-board, the Medora Wish Endowment was created based off of a simple yet powerful desire of our founder, who wanted to allow as many people as possible to be inspired by the Badlands the way he and Theodore Roosevelt were. See the Medora WISH priorities and contribute to the cause.


PLANNED GIVING -- Leave a legacy through a planned gift 

Planned gifts through estate contributions and other options are a wonderful way to leave a legacy through a project closest to you and your family. Learn more about making a planned gift to TRMF. 


RECENT SUCCESSES -- A short list of recent projects

Harols Schafer believed in what Medora could be and invested in it -- time, money, heart and soul. Beginning in 1962 much has been accomplished in Medora. Here are just a few recently completed projects lead by TRMF and supported by generous friends and donors. See a list of recently completed projects here.



Your support helps us provide free living history programs, life skills training for employees from across the world and goes toward improving the details that make Medora the unique experience we tell our friends and family about. If you're ready to make your mark on Medora - you can make donation here. 


Questions? Have your own ideas about how to improve the Medora experience? Or want to get to know the Team? Head below...

First Year of Medora Musical
Volunteers Each Year
Countries Represent In Our Seasonal Student Workforce
Annual Members of TRMF

We love hearing from folks! If you have questions about any of the unique ways you can make a difference in Medora, give us a call just to chat or set up a meeting.

We are never pushy and, hey, a lot of times we get to chat while having a great time in Medora!

Contact Joslyn Tooz, Major Gifts Officer at:

Daniel Gannarelli, Annual Giving Officer at:

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