Give the Donors What They Want: Recognition in a Changing Fund-raising Climate

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Pavilion B


Allison CraigSundine, Exhibit Designer, MIG | Portico
Putter Bert, President/CEO, KidsQuest Children's Museum
Tanya Andrews Durand, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Tacoma
Marilee Jennings, CEO, Children's Discovery MuseumGretchen Kerr, Chief Operating Officer, Children's Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus


Alissa Rupp FAIA, Principal, MIG | Portico


  • Business
Like many museums, children's museums have a unique visitor base. In their case they serve young families, many of whom may not come to the museum with a high level of disposable income. As one Executive Director said recently, "our members have school and teeth to pay for. They buy memberships, and they use them often. It may not occur to them to give beyond that." The staff of these museums, and their leaders, have forged creative strategies as they appeal and express their gratitude to their key donors. Efforts to begin a capital campaign, renovate a gallery, look for program sponsorship, or acknowledge annual donors lead to discussions of who to acknowledge, and how. Learn your colleagues' approach to the who, what, when, where, how? of donor recognition. We'll explore innovative ways to say "Thanks!" while bringing a creative spirit to recognizing those whose contributions help to make our achievements possible.