Effective Development and Fundraising for the Small Museum
Development & Membership
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
267 America's Center
This session is designed to provide practical advice to aid museum professionals in becoming more effective fundraisers, particularly those at smaller institutions with limited staff. It is appropriate for staff and volunteers from institutions regardless of size. Participants will learn about involving boards in fundraising, leveraging government grants, securing general operating funding in a climate that prioritizes program funding, effectively communicating value to key audiences (government, foundations, corporations, and individuals), organizing and prioritizing development work, and tips on stewardship, securing major gifts, annual fund, and membership.
- Learn techniques to engage boards in development. Overcoming this challenge changes the entire trajectory for an institution.
- Learn how to organize and implement a development program appropriate to your institution's size.
- Learn real-world techniques you can use for major gifts, relationship management, membership, stewardship, and board engagement.
Ramsey County Historical Society
Chad Roberts is the President of the Ramsey County Historical Society and has 18 years of development experience including higher education, consulting with small museums and tribes, and eleven years as the CEO of small history museums.
Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Named the President & CEO of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation in 2013, Clements went to the foundation after a 26-year career as a national fundraising professional at NPO Direct Marketing, an award-winning agency he founded in 1987. Clements has consulted more than 250 national nonprofit organizations, including 100 museums
Jenny Burch is President of Knight Ridge Consulting, specializing in sustainable revenue strategies for museums, with a focus on small institutions. Previously, Burch was Chief Development Officer at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest museum of its type in the world and a Top-20 most visited museum in the United States. She has spent over 25 years in various positions within the museum field, including Membership and Development.