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Strategies for Short-term Financial Survival

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

TrendsWatch: Building Financial Resilience in a Time of Crisis

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

American Alliance of Museums Urges US Congress to Include $4 Billion for Nonprofit Museums in COVID-19 Economic Relief Legislation

For Immediate Release March 19, 2020 Arlington, VA-The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, urges the U.S. …

Not here to stay: what makes private museums suddenly close?

Last spring, I visited the Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) in Los Angeles. Marble and travertine-clad, the virtually windowless edifice on Wiltshire Boulevard boasted mosaic panels and …

Why Do Millennials Donate to Cultural Organizations?

Millennials donate for different primary reasons than other adult generations. Oh, millennials. We frequently talk about them in the cultural sector - and for good reason. Millennials …

Toxic Philanthropy

We live in a time in which the public is hyper sensitive to the ethics of where money comes from, and where it goes. As I observed in TrendsWatch 2015, nonprofits don’t get a free pass in …

Investing in the Creative Economy for Good and Profit

When it comes to managing their endowments, museums typically focus solely on financial return. This is a missed opportunity to advance their mission-related work. Some avoid investing in …

Financial Sustainability Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Prepared Remarks of Laura L. Lott President & CEO of the American Alliance of Museums Opening General Session of the 2019 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo May 20, 2019 Good morning and …

Weeksville, a Haven for Free African-Americans Before the Civil War, Is Fighting for Survival

What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Weeksville could have vanished altogether once before. The remains of the village of free African-Americans who …

Closing the GAAP on Direct Care

As lawyers with backgrounds in horticulture (Lori) and material culture studies (Sarah), we never thought we would be passionate about an accounting rule. Yet here we are. In 2015 we wrote …

When Dual Leadership Works, 1+1=3

What is dual leadership and how does it work? Recently, over coffee, I asked these questions of Cheryl Donaldson Moses and Donna Jared, the Co-Executive Directors of the Fort Collins Museum …

Is It Time to Break Your Museum’s Organizational Mold?

Over the course of the twentieth century, and into today, museums have witnessed dramatic changes in their organizational and funding environments—some driven from within the museum field, …
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