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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Professional Societies & Associations


Results: Our primary goal in fund raising is to provide high quality professional training to the stewards of Virginia's historic and cultural heritage. In addition to directly funding training programs, we solicit contributions to our scholarship program which helps those staff and volunteers who otherwise would not have access to training. We also raise funds to permit us to provide technical assistance free of charge to museums, sponsor our Circuit Rider assessment program for small or rural museums, and support the Virginia TimeTravelers program, a passport program for children and families to encourage year-round learning through visits to museums.

Target demographics: Museums, museum staff and volunteers, businesses providing museum products and services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: VAM is a membership organization for museums and museum staff, but it does not require membership for services or to participate in programs. VAM’s database of contacts contains both members and non-members who have participated in some way in a VAM program or training. Currently, we have a total of 5,874 participants listed: 3,357 who were members at the time they participated, and 2,517 who were non-members. These numbers represent 590 museums. The participation numbers for VAM’s programs in FY 2010 are as follows: • Workshops – 336 • Annual Conference – 425 • Homestead project (1 this year) – 12 (size is limited to 10 students and 2 faculty) • Fundamentals Forum – 83 • Collections Boot Camp – 43 • Conservation Cubed workshops – 123 • Circuit Rider – 6 museums, 3 archives, 3 libraries • Emergency Response – 5 new MESTs established: Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, Abingdon, Independence/Galax, Danville • 2008 TimeTravelers program (last full year) – 544,000museum visits

Programs: Promoted an understanding and interest in virginia's cultural, historical and scientific heritage. Volunteer services to the association's programs included speakers, administrative and website design.

promoted preservation and disaster planning for virginia's museums and libraries by helping others learn proper conservation procedures for collections, as well as promoting awareness and education regarding historical collections of artifacts, archives, etc. Volunteer services to the association included speakers and administrative services.

provided management and accounting services to frame, a 501(c)(3) organization. Frame is a consortium of twenty-six museums in france and north america that promotes cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. Frame fosters partnerships among its member museums to develop innovative exhibitions, educational and public programs, and professional exchanges among museum staff, and a bi-lingual website that reaches global audiences.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Susan R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with VAM for several years and have attended their conference as an Exhibitor. The Association is one of the most informed and helpful that I have worked with. Along with the Director & Staff everything is so well taken care. Information is accurate and quickly available. They provide an excellent service for their member Museums! I especially enjoy their imformative newsletters. In working with other Associations in other States I feel most comfortable with the way VAM operates and is set up.

John V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) serves the museum community in Virginia, DC and beyond. It has many programs to suit the seasoned professional as well as the volunteer just starting his/her career in museums. Besides a fabulous annual conference with multiple presenters, VAM offers regional workshops throughout the Commonwealth. These workshops offer a diversity of subjects including membership development, fund raising, strategic planning, board development, operations management, collections management, social networking and other relevant museum subject matter.
VAM's Certificate in Museum Management is second to none in preparing current and future museum leaders. Then there is the mentor program, emergency response task force, the TimeTravelers program and the IMLS Connecting to Collections program to train museum staff in proper collections management activities.
VAM has a small but very effective staff that serves the needs of the members, provides training opportunities and seeks to find new ways to keep museums moving forward.
In short, VAM is an effective advocate for museums and the people who staff them.