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Friday, May 31 • 8:30am - 10:00am
(Discussion Session) Then vs. Now: Fundraising for Conservation Isn’t What It Used To Be

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As little as ten years ago, funding requests for conservation projects usually consisted of describing the object, providing treatment details, and stressing the significance of the artifact being conserved. Benefits were often demonstrated through the object’s potential use to bolster exhibition content or educational programs.

How times have changed. Today, foundations are reevaluating their giving and are looking for considerable impact for their “investment.” Government agencies, if not zeroed out, need to advance strategic plans or are forced to award grants that fulfill regional economic priorities. Individuals are re-assessing their giving due to the market’s fluctuations. These changes in the philanthropic world mean fundraising for conservation is no longer just about the importance of an object’s long-term preservation. Now, economic value, community revitalization, sustainability, defined outcomes or demonstrable impact, and audience engagement are among the funder priorities that must be addressed in proposals or asks.

This session will re-visit what was, but its main focus will be on the current funding climate. Topics, such as community engagement, audience development, crowdsourcing, demonstrating impact, global initiatives and philanthrocapitalism, and soliciting different donor pools, will be addressed through formal presentation and case studies.

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Susan A. Mathisen, [PA]

President and Founder, SAM Fundraising Solutions Corp.
Susan A. Mathisen, President, SAM Fundraising Solutions, MA, Fashion Institute of Technology, Museum Studies/Textile Conservation, Certificate, Fundraising Management, New York University. For nearly twenty-five years, Susan Mathisen worked as an art conservator in both the United... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
JW Marriott Meeting Room 101-102 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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