Monday, June 20, 2016

Opening Session: Philanthropy Update and Trends for 2016+

Led by Lynne Heinrich of Marts & Lundy and Laura MacDonald of Benefactor Group, this session will commence our conference with an overview of Giving Outlook and Giving USA.

How do emerging trends in charitable giving affect fundraising at your museum? Lynne LaMarca Heinrich and Laura MacDonald will dive into recent studies, including Giving USA and the Philanthropy Outlook, that illuminate important trends. They’ll suggest how data can inform institutional planning, shape expectations and help you build a powerful program of philanthropy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Session 2: Data Mining

Led by Suzanne Hilser-Wiles and Kat Banakis, of Grenzebach Glier & Associates and Jonathan Peterson, Director of Development at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Session 3: Major Gift Fundraising

Led by Colleen Russell Criste, Chief Development Officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Diana Duke Duncan, President of Diana Duke Duncan, LLC.

The panelists will introduce different structures and systems for major gift work through discussion about their experiences and address a range of questions about all aspects of major gift work including establishing, maintaining and growing a successful major gifts program at any organizational size.  The discussion will address issues related to research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and more and panelists will also take questions from the audience.

Session 4: Building the Dream Board

Led by Virginia Clark, Assistant Secretary for Advancement, at the Smithsonian Institution; Katharine De Shaw, President of Philanthropology; and Nina Diefenbach, Deputy Director for Advancement at the Barnes Foundation.

What does it take to create a world class Board of Directors? How do you tap the best talent in your community to become passionately engaged with your museum? What are today’s most creative ideas in on-boarding, engaging, and off-boarding great volunteers?

Join us for a lively hour of conversation with Virginia Clark, Assistant Secretary for Advancement at the Smithsonian (where she oversees development for 19 museums and 6 research centers) and Nina Diefenbach, the former Vice President for Advancement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art who recently joined the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia as its Deputy Director for Advancement. As senior leaders in our field, Ginny and Nina have been on the cutting edge of museum development practice testing and pushing out new ideas that have, in many cases, become standards for the field. Katharine DeShaw, President of the consulting firm Philanthropology and a former AMDA President, will facilitate the discussion.

Session 5: Taking a Museum from Local to National to International: The Experience for the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Led by Ilene S. Gutman, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

This is a presentation of NMWA’s national and international outreach, including the benefits that have been realized and the approach and challenges of pursuing such a program.

 Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Session 6: Developing and Retaining Staff

Led by Carl Hamm, Deputy Director for Development & External Affairs, and Colleen Kelly, Chief Development Officer at the McNay Art Museum.

Employee retention and satisfaction is critical to the long-term health and success of your advancement program.

Learn new thinking and key strategies to retain and motivate staff that are geared toward the needs and expectations of four different generations in today’s workforce.

 Session 7: Museum Directors Panel

Panel to include Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Kevin Salatino, the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of Art Collections at The Huntington. Moderated by Melissa Bomes, Senior Vice President of Development and Audience Strategy at LACMA.

 Session 8: Case Study: Opening the Whitney

Led by Alexandra Wheeler, Deputy Director for Advancement at the Whitney. 

After three previous attempts to expand, the Whitney Museum of American Art finally opened its new home in downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on May 1, 2015, capturing the art world’s attention and raising $760 million over the course of this monumental eight and a half year project.  This presentation will highlight the various efforts, strategies and planning involved in making the new building opening the success that it was, from events, marketing, press, promotions, to community and artist involvement as well as lessons learned.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Session 9: Breakout sessions

Small annual operating budgets (under $10M) led by Jill Barry, Deputy Director for Development at the Montgomery Museum of Art.

Medium annual operating budgets ($10M-30M) led by Colleen Kelly, Chief Development Officer at the McNay Art Museum.

Large annual operating budgets ($30M+) led by Amy Purvis, Chief Development Officer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

College museums led by Beth Miller, Associate Director for Advancement and External Affairs at the Yale Center for British Art.

Contemporary museums led by Lisa Key, Chief Development Officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Christopher Stephens, Chief of Advancement at the Walker Art Center.