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Invisible Factors for Financial Sustainability

Posted by Amanda Gustin on September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Quick post to say that I LOVE this post from GuideStar’s Trust blog about the unnoticed factors in building a nonprofit organization’s longterm financial sustainability. In short: make your organization good from the inside out, and you’ll be on solid footing to address challenges as they come. Top Revenue Builders for Nonprofits

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Free Fundraising Webinar Series

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 5, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

Okay, I get that fundraising and development isn’t everyone’s favorite topic in the nonprofit world, but it’s crucially important, especially in this day and age. AAM has partnered up with Alexander Haas fundraising counselors to present a series of three free webinars about how fundraising and development are changing for the years ahead. There’s a […]

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Museum Admissions Fees

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 30, 2011 in forum not temple |

This is a bit older, but it still discusses the question in a variety of interesting lights: The Cultural Calculation: Museum Fees. On the one hand: museums need any source of revenue they can get, and shouldn’t be selling themselves short. They are great enough that people should be willing to pay for the quality […]

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The Pitfalls of Non-Profit Accounting

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 25, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

So sorry for going dark for a little while – it’s been an eventful few weeks for your industrious blogger. We’ll be back to regular posting this week. As always, if you have any suggestions for posts or would like to contribute by guest posting, please email me: amanda.gustin[at]tufts[dot]edu. If you’ve seen the news lately, […]

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The Foundation Center

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 17, 2011 in free resources, professional development |

Remember our post a while back about skills every museo should have? Well, one of them was grant writing. In that spirit, we’ll be talking about a few ways to educate yourself about writing grants. They may not be the flashiest, quickest way to fundraise, but they are an important piece of the puzzle. Being […]

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Hancock Shaker Village Receives $1M Grant from Kresge Foundation

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 15, 2011 in forum not temple, museums in the news |

The AAM Facebook feed just congratulated Hancock Shaker Village on receiving a $1 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. Read the original article. There are some really, really interesting things going on in there amidst all the business-speak. “[The grant] recognizes the living history museum’s work as a visionary organization pursuing transformational projects designed to […]

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A Guide to Guidestar

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 6, 2011 in forum not temple, free resources, professional development |

With the advent of the internet age, we all have a LOT more tools in our hands to begin to learn about specific organizations – and particularly specific museums. Whether you’re doing some research into a museum you’d like to work for, trying to get a good picture for how a museum of a certain […]

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Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 22, 2010 in free resources, professional development |

The IMLS is running a series of free webinars about caring for collections. Per their description: Using the content of the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, Forums, and Workshops, these highly interactive webinars will connect you with experts and colleagues to discuss issues of common concern.  The series has a dual focus:  four webinars will help […]

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Resources for Weathering the Financial Storm from AASLH

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 17, 2010 in free resources |

At a panel at NEMA focused on emerging museum directors and professionals, one of the topics that the audience felt they had trouble finding resources about was finances. I’ve just discovered that the American Association for State & Local History has put together a really excellent guide for museums and other nonprofits during our current […]

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