Sustaining A Museum

As the national economy continues to improve, many museums and heritage organizations are nevertheless still feeling the effects of the financial uncertainty that rocked the U.S. in 2008. Operating with tight budgets with traditional funding sources that remain compromised has become the new normal.

This section offers a compendium of resources that could be of help.


American Alliance of Museums: Finding Calm in Crisis: A Museum Survival Guide
The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a rich guide for best practices and maintaining financial security in an uncertain climate.

American Association for State and Local History: Weathering the Financial Storm
AASLH recognizes that many history organizations are beset by multiple challenges due to the economic climate in the United States.

Americans for the Arts: Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit
The Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit features two main topic areas that can provide help in the current economic climate. We lead off with how to get funding and funding opportunities and then follow-up with how to respond to budget cuts and information on making the case for the arts.

Philanthropy New York
In this uncertain period in the economic life of our city, state, country, and world, Philanthropy New York is working diligently to inform our members about the steps being taken by both government officials and their fellow grantmakers.

In addition, we are collecting resources and insights from the philanthropic sector to provide our members with knowledge, observations, and advice for funders and the grantees they support. We are also hosting special programs and events focusing specifically on our economy and the challenges ahead.

Articles, Publications and Blogs

AASLH: Funding Opportunities for History Organizations

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Thriving in an Uncertain World; Arts Presenting Change and the New Realities (2009)

PhilanTopic: A blog of opinion and commentary from Philanthropy News Digest
A to Z Survival Guide for Uncertain Times, October 2008

The Nonprofit Hard Times Survival Guide

Guides and Advice from 

A one-stop resource for non-profit operations by the New York State Attorney General's office.