Fund-Raising and Donor Recognition in Children’s Museums


Allison CraigSundine, Exhibit Designer, MIG | Portico
Putter Bert, President/CEO, KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Jennie Griek, Development Director, Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Marilee Jennings, CEO, Children’s Discovery Museum


Alissa Rupp FAIA, Principal, MIG | Portico


  • Business

Children’s museums have a unique visitor base: young families. They buy memberships and use them often but may not be willing or have the means to give beyond that. The staff of these museums, and their leaders, have forged creative strategies to appeal for additional support from their key audience. Attendees will explore innovative ways to fund a capital campaign, renovate a gallery, look for program sponsorship, and acknowledge annual donors. Learn to say “Please give!” and “Thanks!” in ways that transform mere visitors into patron partners.