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  • 1.  AAM Proposal on Membership Models

    Posted 08-16-2017 10:37 AM
    Hi All,

    When I went to AAM last year and was a bit underwhelmed by the Membership and Development offerings. I work at a museum that is 100% free but still has a membership program; we have successful switched our model from transnational to philanthropic. I would love to create panel with museums that are free but still have a membership or a panel with vastly different models of membership to talk about the strengths/weakness in our different models and/or the commonalities and differences in our models. 

    Thanks for your time,

    Nicole Smith
    Membership & Data Coordinator
    Missouri History Museum
    Saint Louis, MO

  • 2.  RE: AAM Proposal on Membership Models

    Posted 08-22-2017 10:46 AM

    I would be very interested in being a panel participant on this topic. We are also a free museum and have close to 4,000 members. What I believe make us unique is that near 60% of our membership dollars comes from 200 upper-level memberships. This of course comes with benefits and challenges. I'd also be interested to learn more about what other membership programs look like for free museums.

    Kerry O'Donnell
    Donor Stewardship Manager
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    Norfolk VA

  • 3.  RE: AAM Proposal on Membership Models

    Posted 08-23-2017 03:48 PM
    Hi Nicole, 
      I am also very interested in this idea for a panel. In my previous position I managed a small membership program of about 250 donors and we were able to increase our membership size and reach through special programming and member events even though the museum was free of charge. I currently work on Board Administration at a much larger museum and would be excited to share what I have learned from moving from a smaller museum with free admission to a larger museum with free admission and how membership programs can capitalize on benefits other than free admission.


    Libby O'Kane
    Analyst, Special Projects, Contracts, and Risk Management
    Hammer Museum
    Los Angeles CA