Pimping for the National WWII Museum

Cause Related Marketing

To commemorate those who sacrificed so much and to remember America’s role in WWII, historian-author Stephen Ambrose championed the National World War II Museum. The first phase of the Museum opened in New Orleans in 2001. It may be that the World War II Museum is the only one.

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Museums in Distress


A recent story on NPR's All Things Considered showcased just how much in financial distress many museums around the country are. The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art is now "blacklisted" by other museums-they won't lend artwork to it for shows.

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Pure Passion is Contagious (Case Study, Part 1: Stickley Museum)

Getting Attention

Last summer, my husband and I finally visited The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms , which had been on our go-to list for a decade. Here’s what surprised and delighted me: The museum is run by a tiny but energized staff and volunteer team , who welcomed and toured us around with contagious passion.

“Spun: Adventures in Textiles” to Open at Denver Art Museum

Mission Minded

On May 19, Denver Art Museum will unveil its new exhibition, “Spun: Adventures in Textiles.” When helping to brand the exhibition, Mission Minded took a strategic approach, analyzing the Museum’s audiences, goals, and brand position.

Membership 2.0: A Socially Networked Museum Membership

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Membership organizations looking for ways to entice constituents who have demonstrated an interest in their organization but haven't made the commitment to join are sure to find inspiration from the Brooklyn Museum , which recently launched a socially networked museum membership called 1stfans. Brooklyn Museum launched 1stfans on Dec. Cary, membership manager for the Brooklyn Museum. William Cary: 1stfans is the first socially networked museum membership.

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Museums Have A New Purpose: To Help People Find Their Twin Stranger

Selfish Giving

Source: Mashable File this under the bizarre - and also under something things I had no clue existed: People looking for their doppelgänger in museums. Still, if this gives people a reason to head to museums in search of their twin stranger I'm all for it.

Smarter Museums – News from the Frontlines at the AAM Conference

JCA Insights

This year, the American Association of Museums (AAM) held their annual conference in the twin cities, with a number of fantastic events hosted by our clients including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Walker Art Center and the Minnesota History Center. The museum community as a whole continues to battle declining attendance, soft membership renewal rates and decreased federal, state and local government support.

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Grants for American Museums

Seeking Grant Money Today

Museum permanent collection projects are not included in this category. Any American museum evincing a commitment to American art is eligible to apply for a grant. Museums outside of the United States may submit appropriate projects for consideration only if they have proof of valid nonprofit status provided by the U.S. See the Luce Foundation Web site for complete guidelines and examples of museums and projects that have been supported through the fund in the past.

Newsletter: Warm Leads from Your Homepage; Bridgestone Raises $2.8M for BGCA ; Museum Launches ‘How to be an American’ Podcast

Selfish Giving

The Tenement Museum in NYC has launched an interesting new podcast I'll be listening to. Everyone wants more hot leads (direct inquiries from potential partners). But what about warm leads (someone who shows interest in your organization)?

Grants for African American Museums

Seeking Grant Money Today

Deadline: January 18, 2011 Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Application Guidelines for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the availability of guidelines and application forms for its 2011 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program. Tags: RFP grants African American museums United States of America the foundation center

Celebrity Charity Highlight: The Whitney Museum Gala

The Biddery Blog

This year’s 2009 annual black-tie Whitney Museum’s benefit held at the Whitney Museum in New York Monday October 19th, 2009 was sponsored by Versace and hosted by Museum Chairman Adam Weinberg, Donatella Versace, and Liz Swig.

Less is More (Again!) -- Newark Museum Tagline Success in Just 4 Words

Getting Attention

The Newark Museum is a marketing star, and I'm continually impressed with its creativity in engaging its diverse base. 2009 is the Museum's centennial and its marketing team has done a stellar job in making the most of that with special programming and a new tagline -- 100 years. The Museum promises the best of both worlds. Check mark -- it's everywhere Newark Museum is. Captures the spirit and promise of the Museum.

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What Would YOU Do? (Case Study: Nonprofit Communications)

Getting Attention

What if.you and your colleagues labored for years to fund, design and (finally) open your highly-visible museum (or cause/issue-focused organization)? What if —because the museum’s reason for being is so close to folks’ hearts and heads—the design and build is highly scrutinized for the many years it takes to launch? Or—really— because the museum’s focus is SO sensitive. That without these revenue streams, there would be no Museum.

Grants for Organizations Enhancing the Development of Many Museums' Staffs

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Deadline: March 15, 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services Invites 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is calling for proposals from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects that will enhance the professional development of museum staff. Tags: RFP grants museums the foundation center From The Foundation Center.

You In? Mother’s Day Marketing

Getting Attention

New York City’s Tenement Museum Museum just released this laugh-out-loud blog post on modern parenting in 1878 , and featured the post (along with a nice discount in the Museum Shop) in its May e-news.

Newsletter: COVID-19 & Growth Strategies for Partnerships ; Joann Craft Stores Open Doors for Mask-Makers ; Cowboy Museum Guard is Twitter’s Hottest Influencer

Selfish Giving

The Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma is closed because of the virus so their head of security took over their Twitter handle. Today is the day! We have 200+ people registered. At 2pm ET, Brittany Hill at Accelerist and I are presenting. Future-Proof Your Partnership Program (and Your Nonprofit) for the New Normal Brittany will be giving you a roadmap to help your partnerships survive the next two years.

No Nikola Tesla Museum Exists in the U.S., Yet - But A New Nonprofit Is Hoping You'll Help Change That

Seeking Grant Money Today

So, I was pleased when I read this weekend the article Nikola Tesla museum campaign earns $500,000 online in two days in the The Guardian U.K A museum would do the trick. Yet, no Nikola Tesla museum exists in the United States. Where would this museum most properly be located? Hence, The Guardian's article about the museum campaign - which is more than on track. to the museum itself, to contribute. I hope to visit that museum!

Resource Roundup: Endowments, Auctions, Museum of Fundraising, etc.

Fundraising Breakthroughs

The Museum of Fundraising : The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration. The Chronicle of Philanthropy asks Are You Prepared for a Long Recession? The Chronicle also has advice on Starting and Building an Endowment. Going once! Going Twice!

8 Ways to Make the Case For Social Media At Your Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

The Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA wanted to reach a younger audience, and actively uses Pinterest & Instagram to post information on its exhibits and the artists featured in their collections. Baldrick''s Foundation wenham museum

Grants for African American Museums, Colleges, and Universities

Seeking Grant Money Today

Guidelines Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants for African American Museums Deadline: January 15, 2008 The Institute of Museum and Library Services ( [link] ) has announced the availability of guidelines for the 2008 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Public or private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply. From The Foundation Center.

Grants for Multiple Museums' Staff Who Are Training To Enhance Their Professional Development

Seeking Grant Money Today

Institute of Museum and Library Services Calls for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications Deadline: March 16, 2009 The Institute of Museum and Library Services ( [link] ) is calling for proposals from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects designed to enhance the professional development of museum staff. Tags: RFP grants museums the foundation center [Please help us.

Grants for U.S. K - 12 Students Attending Museums, Historic Sites, and Cultural Organizations

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Deadline: October 3, 2011 Target Accepting Applications for K-12 Field Trip Grants Program Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program to bring K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. From The Foundation Center. For more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post].

Good Cause Marketing Idea, Wrong Time of Year

Cause Related Marketing

And I love museums. I’d sooner spend a day at the Louvre, or the Uffizi or the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum than almost anything else I can think of. That’s because they’re more likely to read, go to special learning camps, museums, and the like during the summer.

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Bagel Bakery’s Cause Marketing is Book Worthy

Selfish Giving

Finagle Bakery & Cafe is a doing a nice thing this week for Joanna and me, and a great thing for Boston’s Museum of Science. This promotion between Finagle and the Museum of Science is a great example of the local cause marketing we talk so much about in Cause Marketing for Dummies.

Mission Minded Wins PEAK Award from CO American Marketing Association

Mission Minded

Mission Minded’s work on behalf of Denver Art Museum won a Colorado American Marketing Association PEAK award in the integrated marketing campaign category last night. Nonprofit Design advertising American Marketing Association award billboard campaign Denver Art Museum design Marvelous Mud nonprofit advertising outdoor PEAK Win

Social Good: Taking Down the Walls of Cultural Institutions

A. Fine Blog

My guests are Nina Simon, blogger for Museum 2.0 and Rob Stein, Chief Information Officer of the Indianapolis Art Museum, discussing ways that cultural institutiosn can use social media.That sounds a bit stuffy, really, the podcast is about taking down the [.]. Tags: Social Media Indianapolis Museum of Art Nina Simon Participatory Museum Rob Stein Social good podcast This month’s Social Good podcast is called “How Cultural Groups Can Use Social Media.&#

Mission Minded Wins PEAK Award from CO American Marketing Association

Mission Minded

Mission Minded’s work on behalf of Denver Art Museum won a Colorado American Marketing Association PEAK award in the integrated marketing campaign category last night. Nonprofit Design advertising American Marketing Association award billboard campaign Denver Art Museum design Marvelous Mud nonprofit advertising outdoor PEAK Win

Turning Theatres into Networks

A. Fine Blog

Tags: Social Media Brooklyn Museum of Art Museum 2.0

10 Ways to Participate in #GivingTuesdayNow Without Asking for Money

J Campbell Social Marketing

The Gibbes Museum shares on their social media channels and their blog how they #MuseumFromHome. The Getty Museum asked people to recreate a work of art using only the people and objects found around their homes. You may have heard the news!

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Katie Houston

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She relishes the challenge of reframing the public perception about the 90-year old museum, and the chance to market a wealth of experiences — from exhibition openings to awards ceremonies, from children’s art camps to adult classes in a dozen mediums. Katie Houston.

Nonprofit Coronavirus Resources – #NPCOVID19

J Campbell Social Marketing

12 museums from around the world that offer virtual tours: [link]. Text “send me… ” to 57251 and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will respond with an artwork from their collection.

A View From a Different Window - Curating Content

Social Media Bird Brain

Image via FreeFoto.com Art and museum curators are professionals at putting together exhibits. Basically, what a curator does is to show you the art the way she sees it: underlying themes, ideas, context, relationships. In social media, content curation is slightly different: "Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a.

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Newsjacking: From Roadkill to Rock Stars

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During the wee hours of the morning of April 8 th , I received a call from Tom Harrison, director of the award-winning North Carolina Black Bear Festival and Bear-ology Museum. Tom saw this as an opportunity to warn drivers and share safety advice on behalf of the museum and festival.

Social Media Use Is Increasing During the Pandemic (Duh)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

By the way, one of our favorite organizations right now is the National Cowboy Museum on Twitter and Instagram. In other news, water is wet.

Relationship Building in Action

A. Fine Blog

I love this post by Nina Simom at her Museum 2.0 Uncategorized Museum 2.0. www.eruptingmind.com. blog about building relationships between people and institutions. Her first two points are spot on.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Leanne Poellinger

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

After visiting a children’s museum with her young son in 1992, Leanne Poellinger added “work at a children’s museum” to her bucket list. I also check Facebook to do a quick scan for any activity on the museum’s page that requires action.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kelly Murphy

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She has been with the Museum for over 2.5 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: On Thursdays, the Museum’s Director of Education and I meet to discuss upcoming engagement opportunities and public programming. Kelly Murphy.

Find Your Happy Place #NPCOMMLIFE

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video). Just a quick reminder: Don’t forget to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health during the next few months.

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Your Official 17NTC Local's Guide to DC


The hottest ticket in DC has to be the National Museum of African American History & Culture. If you can score tickets, the Hirshorn Museum's Yayoi Kusama exhibit is truly a sight to behold. National Museum of American History (The National Mall). US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Visit the Holocaust Museum , located on the south side of the National Mall, to remember the victims of the genocide and pledge to never forget what happened.

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Just ONE Call to Action (Case Study)

Getting Attention

I was thrown back there this morning when I uncovered this card I had picked up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). Even if we want to support the Museum’s mission, we don’t know which action is the priority or where to start.

Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Moving Up Monday

Getting Attention

Director of Content and Communications Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Public Relations & Marketing Manager Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY). Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here.

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Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Take It Forward Tuesday

Getting Attention

Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement , Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY). Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here. Associate Director of Communications , World of Children Award (Dublin, CA). Communications Coordinator , Urban Libraries Council. Washington, DC). Communications Manager , Trinity Church Foundation (Boston, MA). Design Associate , Public Interest GRFX (Philadelphia, PA). Development/Communications Officer , Countryside Association (Palatine, IL).

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Wow, What A Shock. Another Example of Piss Poor Fundraising.

Seeking Grant Money Today

[The following is based on Ashley Bach's The Seattle Times article, "No Audit at Bellevue Arts Museum Since 2003", dated June 23, 2007. Well, up until recently, maybe The Bellevue Arts Museum located in Bellevue , Washington; which has been long plagued by some catastrophic difficulties that honestly would have shut most non profits down a bit ago. The recent leadership at The Bellevue Arts Museum can tell you why. A Bellevue Arts Museum staffer was embezzling their money.