Association of Children’s Museums partners with Graham-Pelton to enhance fundraising capacity

By February 19, 2018February 21st, 2018News & Events

Washington, D.C. February 20, 2018 // The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and Graham-Pelton have joined forces to enhance fundraising programming for ACM’s more than 400 member museums.

A crucial part of museum success, charitable giving has become increasingly important due to fiscal pressures. Giving USA’s report on 2016 charitable giving notes that arts, culture and humanities organizations received only five percent of the $390.05 billion raised that year, ranking third lowest of all sectors.

Despite this low ranking among sectors in the 2016 report, the number of people supporting the arts, culture and humanities is rising, making these organizations the second-fastest growing subsector in terms of contributions received.

Thus, the challenge for organizations such as ACM is to harness the energy and passion driving the sector’s growth. “By providing important technical support, our partnership with Graham-Pelton bolsters ACM’s mission to champion children’s museums worldwide,” said Laura Huerta Migus, executive director of ACM. “Children’s museums are important community-focused cultural organizations that provide educationally rich and inspirational spaces for all children to learn at through play and exploration. We’re excited to work with Graham-Pelton to help our members serve even more children and families in their communities.”

By partnering with Graham-Pelton, ACM’s members will gain capacity-building opportunities in fundraising, including campaign planning, operational assessments, strategic planning, board and messaging development, analytical solutions and planned giving. Graham-Pelton will also offer an engagement discount to ACM member museums.

“An ethos at Graham-Pelton is that humanity depends on philanthropy. I can’t think of a better way to support humanity than through the development of creativity and imagination in children, which then extends to their families and the wider community. We’re pleased that our expertise in fundraising and philanthropy will better equip ACM to work with and on behalf of its 400 museum members worldwide,” said Jennifer Harris, Ph.D., Graham-Pelton senior vice president.

Graham-Pelton’s experts, including Dr. Harris and Vice President Alex Senchak, will lead a series of webinars and one in-person workshop for ACM members as follows:

Monday, March 26, 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET: The Rules of Engagement—Why Stewardship Matters for Long-Term Support

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1:15-2:30 p.m. ET: How to Inspire Humans, Not Donors—A Hands-on Workshop at the Association of Children’s Museums’ Annual Conference, InterActivity 2018: Open Source Play, Sharing the Creative Code, in Raleigh, North Carolina

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET: Christmas in July—Maximizing Your Year-End Calendar as the Fiscal Year Begins

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET: Developing a Development Team—Major Gift Productivity and Measurement Levers

Monday, November 26, 2018, 2-3 p.m. ET: Stating Your Case—Budgeting for Development Offices

About the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing and dissemination. Learn more at

About Graham-Pelton Consulting

Graham-Pelton Consulting is a leading fundraising and nonprofit management firm with offices around the globe and is the trusted advisor and partner to leading impact-driven institutions across all sectors of the nonprofit world. The firm customizes fundraising services to the needs of the client and the institution’s culture, providing campaign management, planning studies, board training and development, major gift counsel, interim staffing and other uniquely tailored services. Graham-Pelton’s mission is clear: Elevate philanthropy so nonprofits flourish.

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