Mission and Institutional Planning Recorded Webinars
This webinar provides an overview of essential planning for audience research in your institution, and practical tips and tools for implementing effective research and evaluation of your (real and virtual) audiences. Explore the landscape of essential components for evaluation planning, including an examination of institutional mission, vision and purpose and articulation of goals for any research or evaluation study.
In May 2013, the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries embarked on the Smithsonian’s first major crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $170,000 for the exhibition “Yoga: The Art of Transformation.” Its success depended on much more than fundraising tactics, and involved marketing, branding, messaging across multiple platforms, planting word-of-mouth promotion, and special events. The team behind the campaign discuss what worked—and what other organizations can learn from the experience.
(Part 2 of 4-Part Magnetic Series)
This webcast examines the ways in which magnetic museums enlist others in helping to make the institutional vision a reality, resulting in a clear sense of direction and genuine partnership toward a common goal.
Colleagues with experience working with small museums engage in a practical, focused discussion on issues related to assessing collections, including object assessment and condition reporting, storage and housing, environmental conditions and exhibition/display.
(Part 1 of 3, Executive Suite: Planning for Leadership Transition)
This webinar addresses the unique challenges facing executive directors, focusing on the balance between organizational transparency and the need for confidentiality; governance matters that impact executive performance; strategic thinking and decision making; using meetings effectively; cultivating trustee talent; and renewing professional and personal satisfaction for the job.
Examine the required elements of a disaster preparedness and emergency response plan based on national standards, and how this critical document intersects with all aspects of your institution, including collections, security, facilities, business operations, visitor services and human resources. This program is a useful tool as you prepare for Core Documents Verification.
(Part of Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge series)
Seasoned fundraising professionals discuss practical ways to raise money: membership, annual gifts, major and endowment gifts, and capital campaigns. Topics include "value messaging," keeping your board and fundraising volunteers motivated, offering pledges with flexible payment plans, and finding hidden opportunities for new gifts.
This webinar explores how to successfully foster an institutional culture where evaluation efforts and outcomes are utilized and embraced across departments and all levels of the organization to reach common goals. Speakers from various types of museums share their successes and challenges in this area leading to an active dialog on the process of organizational change.
Knowing how to turn basic members into major- and even mega-gift donors is key to providing your museum with the resources to implement their missions. This program explores how specifically to work with people to encourage larger gifts, more support and more power for your museum.
(Part 3 of 3, Executive Suite: Planning for Leadership Transition)
Building leadership throughout the museum not only plays a role in good succession planning but also contributes significantly to building organizational capacity and to strengthening the museum field. In this webinar, explore generational shifts in the workplace; the higher-order skills required to manage nonprofit organizations; and the range of opportunities that help create a culture that invests in, inspires and rewards leadership.
(Part of series, Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge)
Gain insight into how best to contemplate/conduct necessary staff reductions; how to get and keep the right employees in the right jobs; assist employees and volunteers to grieve the loss of their missing colleagues; and move forward in the best interest of the institution. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be better able to shape their futures and build on their own strengths.
Museums are increasingly feeling the pressure to operate “like a business” while retaining the values and priorities of a nonprofit. This four-hour webinar examines the processes involved in business planning, including the conceptual shift from capacity and mission to market opportunities and brand; analyzing your organization’s fundamental business model; the difference between a business plan and a strategic plan; collecting the necessary data; who should be involved in the planning; and measuring success beyond profit or loss.
Join senior Alliance staff and other leading practitioners for a valuable overview and introduction to National Standards and Best Practices. Get grounded in the standards which constitute the museum field's core operational principles.
This webinar provides practical a view of copyright, fair use, Internet law, new media, publishing and other laws affecting every museum. Experts discuss issues such as the permissibility of the use of images of objects, copyright clearances, use of names and likenesses, termination of copyright transfers and merchandise licensing.
In this webinar, presenters discuss issues that small museums, historical societies, libraries and archives are advocating for on local, state, regional and national levels. Issues include preserving historical records, copyright issues, privacy concerns and funding for efforts such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections initiative, the National Historical Publications and Record Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Archives and Records Administration.
In this webinar, presenters offer new structures and strategies to organize the relationship-building and fundraising work of the board, highlighting specific approaches and case studies from a variety of institutions, discussing how these approaches allow museums to apply the strategies in the development process to models that engage the full board and yield results—and raise money.
This webinar offers practical tips and case studies on how to better prepare and manage strategic crisis communication plans, develop crisis communication systems and tools in advance, respond effectively in crisis situations and reestablish or rebuild your institution's post-crisis reputation.
(Part 1 of a 4-part series)
Learn the basics of project management, including what changes when you go from “doing” the work to “managing” the project; project management tools; how to plan the work of those involved; how to create budgets and timelines; and how to negotiate on behalf of the project. This program also explores different project management styles, providing insights on how to build on strengths to create effective project teams.
(Part 2 of a 4-part series)
Explore the many considerations in developing a project scope of work, including goals and objectives; schedule & milestones; budget; assumptions and constraints; action steps and deliverables; roles and responsibilities; and measures of success. This program also explores the use of feasibility studies, requests for proposals, and the importance of continuous planning as milestones are reached.
(Part 3 of a 4-part series)
This webinar begins with a brief review of the project planning process and how to use those plans to keep the project on track. The focus of the program is on the reality of implementing the project; exploring what goes wrong and why; and how to stay on track, on budget, and on time.
(Part 4 of a 4-part series)
This webinar begins with a brief review of the process of planning and implementing a project as the basis for evaluating if the project was delivered on time, on budget, and to specifications. The program then focuses on approaches for assessing your experience on one project and turning it into a learning experience for the next. In addition, the webinar briefly explores a handful of project management software tools.
This webinar addresses key elements of recruiting, selecting and placing volunteers, from resources and strategies for articulating the benefits of volunteering and recruiting for diversity; to background checks, interviewing and placing volunteers, and saying “no.”
Presenters discuss why every museum should have a tailored Code of Ethics that addresses the institutions specific issues, outlines its basic ethical and public trust responsibilities as a museum and educational entity, and is critical for consistent decision-making and accountability.
Join colleagues in an exploration of the required elements of an education-focused mission statement based on national standards, why your museum needs an effective mission statement and some of the risks of not having a good statement in place.
This webinar explores the elements of an institutional plan based on national standards; the most common plan shortcomings; and different approaches to planning and implementation. The program emphasizes the importance of an institutional plan that is current and timely, comprehensive and formal, relevant and realistic and inclusive of internal and external stakeholders.
(Part of Straight Talk: Museums Rising to the Financial Challenge series)
Senior level colleagues explore how institutions can best respond to the economic tsunami by making and communicating effective decisions across the organization, building or reinforcing collaborations and partnerships, managing change, and refocusing on mission, vision and institutional goals.
Drawing on proven organizational concepts from the business sector, this program addresses four essential elements of long term sustainability to help museums strengthen their sustainability over the long term through strategic thinking and planning, while remaining financially viable through cost reductions and shifting resources.
(Part 2 of 3, Executive Suite: Planning for Leadership Transition series)
This webinar addresses what succession planning encompasses; organizational change over time; planned and unplanned absences and departures; interim and short term delegations of authority and responsibility; preparing for a search; and overall capacity building within the management team and the board.
A non-profit tax specialist, a museum CFO and a museum director provide the detailed 990 information you need to tackle expanded reporting requirements and to favorably position your institution with donors and charity watchdog groups.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Form 990 has significant implications for museum financial reporting, record-keeping and organizational policies. Legal counsel from the Smithsonian Institution, a senior analyst from the IRS and a non-profit tax advisor provide important information to help you to get a better grip on what the Tax Form 990 means to your institution, to your staff, how to implement it and how to make it work for you.
This program focuses on the importance of the mission statement as the driving force behind all institutional decision-making and its relationship to the vision statement, institutional values statement, strategic plan and case for support.
Leading practitioners examine integrating universal design principles into exhibitions and public programs. Topics include defining universal design, accessibility, and program access; a brief history of universal design principles; and the value of universal design to cultural arts organizations. (Part 1 of 4-part Magnetic Series)
This webcast provides a practical overview of the science of magnetism, the art of engagement and the six practices of magnetic museums: building core alignment, embracing 360 engagement, empowering others, widening the circle and inviting the outside in, becoming essential and building trust through high performance.