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Contracted Services By Type

The Alliance has compiled this set of contracted services by type from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.


Questions to Ask an Appraiser

The International Society of Appraisers has a list of seven questions to ask before hiring an appraiser.

Architects and Contractors

You & Your Architect: A Guide for a Successful Partnership

American Institute of Architects provides a brochure titled You and Your Architect (PDF, 20 pages). It discusses how to select an architect, the types of services available, negotiating an agreement, methods of compensation, and keeping the project on track.


Find a Conservator

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has guidelines for selecting a conservator.

Choosing and Working with a Conservator

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a technical leaflet on working with a conservator. It explains condition reports, treatment proposals, and treatment reports.

Exhibit Contractors

Museum Marketplace

The Alliance’s Museum Marketplace provides a list of vendors and contractors that can help museums complete projects.

Fundraising Consultants

Grants and Related Resources

Michigan State University maintains a list of directories for fundraising and grant-writing consultants.

Asking for the Money Is the Job of the Leadership and Friends of a Non-Profit Organization

Tony Poderis notes that it is appropriate to engage a consultant to create a development plan, design a campaign, or conduct a feasibility study.

To Consult Or Not to Consult: That Is the Question

Tony Poderis article discusses the types of fundraising consultants and their fees and offers suggestions for selecting one.

Consulting Agreement for an Annual Fund Campaign

This Tony Poderis article offers a sample consulting contract for an annual fund campaign; it can be adapted for capital, endowment, or sponsorship campaigns.

Guest Curators

Guidelines Adopted by CAA Regarding the Hiring by Museums of Guest Curators

The College Art Association provides guidelines and a checklist for museums hiring guest curators, artists to create an exhibit of their own work, and catalogue essayists.

Legal Counsel

Guide to Consumer Law

The American Bar Association provides assistance for nonprofits.

Management Consultants

Code of Ethics

The Institute of Management Consultants USA shares its code of ethics for certified management consultants.

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