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Development & Membership

Development and membership are critical functions of all nonprofit charitable organizations, including museums, by helping to secure their financial positions through philanthropic and charitable support. Browse hundreds of resources for development and membership professionals below.


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Financial Stability

Financial stability is a core standard for museums in that they must legally, ethically, and responsibly acquire, manage, and allocate their financial resources in a way that advances their missions and promotes their long-term sustainability

Learn more about this core standard and access guidelines for developing and managing your museum’s business and navigating individual donor support, fundraising, and retrenchment or downsizing.

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