Changing the Government Funding Dynamic: Alternative Revenue Sources


Lisa Anderson, President and CEO, Mesa Historical Museum
Deb Twersky, Funding Programs Manager, 4Culture
Celeste DeWald, Executive Director, California Association of Museums


Janice Klein, Executive Director, Museum Association of Arizona


  • Business, Leadership/Careerpath

As traditional sources of government funding, including direct federal grants, re-granting through NEA and NEH, and state appropriations, continue to stay flat (at best), museums are turning to alternative revenue sources that require local, rather than national support, such as Lodgers Tax, tax increment financing districts, income tax check-offs, and municipal, county, state, and higher education bonds. This session examines the ways that museums and museum coalitions can work with local governments and their communities to create and implement these types of funding.