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Volunteers Want to Give: How to Respectfully Cultivate Donors from Your Corps

If you ask museum leaders, their advancement teams, and volunteer program staff about cultivating volunteers as donors, you’re likely to get a mix of reactions, ranging from enthusiasm to …

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes: Be the Change You Wish to See

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Museum professionals must understand fundraising to create and sustain value for their communities. Using …

What’s the Connection Between Financial Capital and Museum Education?  

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Running with Scissors (and a Mask!): COVID-19 Responses at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Just as flexible buildings can withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes, flexible institutions can withstand monumental challenges like a global pandemic. Because of our four years …

Attracting Charitable Giving through Education Programs

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

How Museums Can Generate Revenue Through Digital Content and Virtual Experiences

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced museums of all kinds to close their doors, many have responded by shifting their attention to engaging audiences through virtual and remote channels. …

Highlighting Museums on #GivingTuesdayNow

With #GivingTuesdayNow taking place May 5, as an emergency COVID-19 edition of the annual fundraising event, we wanted to highlight the great work of museums across the country and share …

TrendsWatch: Building Financial Resilience in a Time of Crisis

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

4 Tips for Effectively Reaching Visitors with Disabilities

It’s been nearly three decades since the original Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law. Since the protective act was ratified, great strides have been made not just …

Funding for Creative Aging Programs

Without exception, the idea of initiating creative aging projects and programs at our museums is a very attractive one, but finding support to launch such efforts is another matter …

Philanthropy and Creative Aging

Philanthropy is often thought of as the giving of money to some cause, in our case to our museums. But in essence philanthropy is a human resource, and as such it should be viewed from …

The Best Museum #GivingTuesday Campaigns of 2019

GivingTuesday is a “global generosity movement” originally founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Every year, the Tuesday …
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Category: Alliance Blog
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A New Site of Conscience: Sing Sing Prison Museum

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Five years ago, CFM’s TrendsWatch report examined how museums are helping society confront the need for criminal justice reform. Historic sites play an important role in this work, with …

August Advocacy Heats Up – Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – August 5, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: #InviteCongress: Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum is August 15-19! Take Action: Urge Your Legislators to Support …

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