Fundraising in the 21st Century

Friday, October 8 - 1:00 to 2:15pm


John Dalrymple, Manager, Major Gifts, Canada's National Ballet School; Peter Wambera, Director of Development, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts; Ian Ross, Executive Director, Burlington Art Centre

The fundraising environment in Ontario is extremely competitive with hospitals, universities, social services and other arts causes all seeking increasing support from a finite pool of philanthropic funds. Museums represent a unique fundraising challenge with the majority of top professionals and board members drawn to larger organizations in other sectors; as well, a given museum's case for support can be difficult to convey broadly, putting them at a disadvantage to many other charities.  Museums must also meet the challenges and realize the opportunities of the current philanthropic trend whereby donors of all types wish to see more measurable results in line with their increasingly sophisticated giving strategies. Government funding increases cannot be expected to meet the demands of this vibrant and growing sector; increased private-sector fundraising capacity is key to any museum's future. Three museum-focused fundraising leaders will shed valuable light on the latest issues and offer specific tools and strategies delegates can take back to their organizations.

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