Contracted Services By Type


Questions to Ask an Appraiser

International Society of Appraisers

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 for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

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 & Artistic Works

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

Choosing and Working with a Conservator

Northeast Document Conservation Center

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

American Alliance of Museums

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

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

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

College Art Association

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

American Bar Association

American Bar Association provide assistance for nonprofits.

When to Hire a Lawyer for Business Matters (and when to Do it Yourself!)

Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration shares an insightful resource on assessing whether or not legal counsel is required. The article explores legal issues an organization can most likely handle on their own and scenarios when retaining a lawyer may be prudent.

Management Consultants

Code of Ethics

Institute of Management Consultants USA

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

Security Consultants

How to Hire a Security Consultant

Architect’s Security Group

Architect’s Security Group offers an article that reviews issues to consider when hiring a security consultant.

Model RFP for Security Survey

Architect’s Security Group

Architect’s Security Group offers a sample request for proposal (RFP) for a museum security survey.

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