The economy may be on the upswing, but museums and other cultural nonprofits are still struggling to meet enormous challenges. Nonprofit professionals must develop new, innovative strategies to remain relevant and sustainable. To help the museum community survive and thrive, the Texas Association of Museums (TAM) is offering a series of CAPACITY-BUILDING SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOPS. The instructional sessions focus on essential capacity-building skills, such as fundraising, grant writing, marketing, board relations, volunteer management, and leveraging social media.
The next session in the series will take place on Friday, May 16 at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches. A third workshop will be held on Friday, September 12. Participation is open to everyone, but is particularly valuable for mid-career professionals, directors, and staff, as well as for volunteers and board members. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation and additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the fee for the workshop has been reduced to $50 for TAM members and $75 for non-members. Space is limited and online registration is required through TAM’s website, www.texasmuseums.org.
“Supporting innovation and new approaches to sustainability is a vital part of our portfolio of services,” said Ruth Ann Rugg, Executive Director of TAM. “In this challenging economy, it is often prohibitively expensive for museums and cultural institutions to attend the conferences and workshops necessary for professional development and capacity-building. Funds for travel and lodging are very limited and every dollar counts more than ever before. So we are taking our series of training programs ‘on the road,’ bringing new resources, ideas, and networking opportunities to TAM members and other nonprofits. We are starting in East Texas, but plans are in the works to bring the series to other regions of the state as well.”
TAM is collaborating with Prosperity Partners, a consortium of highly experienced nonprofit professionals who understand the challenges of today’s economy, particularly for smaller nonprofit organizations. The Prosperity Partners consortium includes Toni S. Turner, Karen H. Knox, Mary Beth Harrington, and Rich Dietz, who share a common goal: helping nonprofits achieve success and sustainability in a volatile financial environment. Through their association with TAM, they are providing a wide range of services for museum managers, board members, staff, and volunteers including conference presentations, training meetings, on-site workshops, webinars, fundraising, strategic planning, and facilitations sessions.
“TAM’s mission is to strengthen our museum community,” said Ruth Ann Rugg. “We serve our community by nurturing and training museum leaders, developing and celebrating the field, and voicing the public worth of museums. Relevance and sustainability are common concerns among today’s museum professionals, especially in a highly volatile and changing economic landscape. Museums face constant change and our charge is to lead the development of new strategies and resources to meet the challenge. Our joint venture with Prosperity Partners will benefit hundreds of Texas museum professionals and other nonprofit leaders.”
Topics for the May 16 workshop will include:
• Grant Administration and Stewardship by Toni Turner and Karen Knox. Insights and tips for managing grants and ensuring good donor relations.
• Donor Retention is Not Enough by Rich Dietz. Learn ways to get your new and current donors to give again and again and stay strongly connected to your organization.
• The Four Rs of Volunteer Management: Recruitment, Recognition, and Retention= Revenue by Mary Beth Harrington. This volunteer management course is intended for staff, volunteers, and board members.
For more information on TAM’s CAPACITY-BUILDING SKILLS TRAINING WORKSHOPS, contact Ruth Ann Rugg at 817-332-1177 or via email at Ruthann@texasmuseums.org.