#GivingTuesday – The Perfect Time to Help a Museum in Need

by Karen on December 3, 2013

in Behind the Scenes, Museum Funding, Museum Issues, Museums in the News, Special Events

Today, December 3, 2013, marks the second annual #GivingTuesday event. The #GivingTuesday movement encourages giving to become a regular Holiday custom. So in the tradition of shopping Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, supporting Small Business Saturday, and other such events, #GivingTuesday asks that you make an effort to give to atleast one cause during the Holiday season.

Donate on #GivingTuesday
Give a donation to a museum in need this #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is the brainchild of the staff at New York’s 92nd Street Y and is backed by the support of the United Nations Foundation. Partnerships exist around the world and even include President and Mrs. Obama and the White House.

So what a perfect opportunity to talk about the need museums face across the U.S.! You will probably see year end donation appeals arriving in your mailbox and email box over the next several weeks from your local museums. Almost all of the over 18,000 museums in the U.S. operate as non-profits. Those few museums that are overseen by government agencies, from the Smithsonian down to some local or county historical societies, all have private fundraising arms. Why? Because public funding of museums has significantly dried up over the years. While there are some grants available to museums, they often have to compete with hundreds of other applicants including other museums and other non-profits. Then these grants, when received, are usually “designated funds.” In other words, a museum has to use the funds for a particular purpose, such as a certain exhibit, school program or event. Meanwhile, many museums struggle to gather enough “undesignated funds.” Museums can use undesignated funds wherever their need is greatest. For most museums, their need is in daily operations- keeping the lights on and the doors open, paying staff salaries, maintaining security systems, paying for office supplies and grounds maintenance to name a few.

Year end appeals give you one more opportunity to assist in securing the day-to-day operations of your favorite museum and make it viable for the years to come. So if you value your museum and value the work it is doing in your community, consider giving today on #GivingTuesday and throughout the Holiday season.

Writing out a Donation Check
Support your favorite museum or organization during their year end appeal.

To find a museum near you, feel free to visit our Museum Partners page at ShopforMuseums.com and click on the museum name(s) of your choice. You will find links to the websites of over 1,200 museums and related organizations across the U.S. Many of these sites are set up to securely receive your donations online through services such as Paypal. You can also respond the traditional way by making a pledge and then sending a check via mail to your favorite organizations.

When you get done with that, be sure to also do your Holiday shopping through ShopforMuseums.com. Just start at ShopforMuseums.com and use the links to shop over 1,300 stores such as Old Navy, Sears.com, Target.com, HP, Home Depot, Best Buy and more. Every time you shop, a percentage of your purchase amount becomes a FREE DONATION to your favorite museum, park, zoo, science center, historical society or other organization of your choice. It’s another perfect way to get into the spirit of giving this Holiday season!

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