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We champion museums and nurture excellence. As the pandemic showed us never before has the need been so great for Alliance leadership and resources on accreditation and assessment, advocacy, strategic foresight, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and governance to secure the future of our country’s museums.

The Alliance is supported by our dedicated members and allies and the generosity of donors, sponsors, foundations, and other partners. Together we believe that museums are essential to the cultural fabric of our communities.

You can make an impact in your community, and our nation, with a gift to AAM through one of these areas of support.

Greatest Needs

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In the face of unprecedented challenges brought about by the global pandemic, museum professionals demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability. This resilient spirit fostered a deeper appreciation for their work. Your unrestricted support allows AAM to serve the sector and direct resources to areas of greatest need in response to changing events. Click here to donate.

Advocacy: Speak Up for Museums

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New Jersey advocates participate in Museums Advocacy Day.

As fans of arts and culture, we all know about the educational and social impact of museums year long as well as during challenging times. They are economic engines too. Support Museums Advocacy Day and our year round advocacy efforts, and keep essential local, state, and federal funding alive.

Learn more about how you can urge Congress to support museums through the Alliance’s Advocacy Alerts and our annual Museums Advocacy Day event in Washington, DC.

Center for the Future of Museums

What do we know about the future? Nothing is certain but we are working hard to predict how we might react to natural disasters, a failing criminal justice system, migration, the rise of artificial intelligence, and the health and economic impact of the current global pandemic (to name a few). Help us fund more strategic foresight, critical thinking, and scenario planning for disasters as we aspire to a better future.

Read about the work of the Center for the Future of Museums and how AAM is helping the field to think about and plan for a vibrant future. Support the “ready-reference for museum planning,the annual TrendsWatch report.


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Scholars and guests networking at the Annual Meeting Scholarship Breakfast.

The Alliance is committed to cultivating leaders across the field with a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. You can help us provide greater access to professional development and networking at our Annual Meeting through the Alliance Scholarship Program.

Nurture Museum Excellence

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Together, we nurture a culture of excellence. Help us support, motivate, and recognize our field’s ongoing commitment to professionalism, standards, and best practices, even during challenging times.

Learn how museums can improve their operations and planning through the Continuum of Excellence, and about our initiative to diversify museum boards, Facing Change.

Leadership & Research

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Our goal is to provide valuable resources and information to our members, partners, and the entire field. Support new research or the next landmark report and help make museums not just better, but the best they can be.

Dive deep into AAM’s Research and Reports to find the facts about museums. Access our extensive list of pandemic resources and original content.

Institutional Philanthropic Partners

The world is better because of museums, and museums are better because of AAM. Foundations, and other institutions provide vital support for priority programs, including Annual Meeting, Museums Advocacy Day, Facing Change, and research initiatives as well as meeting the needs of members and the entire field.

To learn more contact a member of the development team:

Jennifer Calvert Hall | Vice President of Learning and Advancement

Eileen Goldspiel | Director, Advancement

Michelle Lacey | Development Coordinator

Become a Corporate Partner

To learn how your Corporation can become a key partner to the museum field contact:

Shelagh Grimshaw | Director of Corporate Partnerships

Donate Now to Help Strengthen Museums

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This year, AAM was awarded a Platinum Seal of Transparency, the very highest level attainable from Guidestar. We hope this transparency gives you added confidence in our mission, accomplishments, and commitment to you.

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