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American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

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The Alliance's mission is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy and service.
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American Association of Museums
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Program areas at AAM

Field-wide services: accreditation is the museum field's mark of distinction since 1971, offering a high profile, peer-based validation of a museum'Museums's operations and impact. Accreditation increases a museum'Museums's credibility and value to funders, policy makers, insurers, community and peers, and can be a powerful tool to leverage change and help facilitate collections loans between institutions. The accreditation process is centered on self-study and peer review and takes an average of 12 months to complete. Accredited Museums are expected to renew their accreditation every 10 years through a process of re-accreditation.
Publications and business enterprises: aam produces an award-winning magazine (museum), published bi-monthly, which addresses the issues and challenges facing Museums today and whose audience is people who work in Museums. Recent issues have focused on engaging new audiences, trends in museum education, strategies for creating an ideal board, and a futuristic view of Museums. Aam also co-publishes books with rowman & littlefield, the latter of which provides all editorial, print, production and fulfillment services. Aam receives a percentage royalty in return for use of aam's copyright.
Meetings and professional education: aam's annual meeting and museumexpo first started in 1906 in new york with under 200 museum professionals and has grown to over 5,000 attendees, becoming the largest museum conference in the united states. The aam annual meeting is the only event of its scope and scale. It brings together Museums of all types and sizes--from art and history Museums to zoos and botanic gardens--to share ideas and make connections that are transformational. It's a place where all museum professionals learn from one another, create partnerships, and leave inspired to make an impact on their Museums, communities, and the world.
Membership: aam membership helps Museums and individuals working in Museums to connect to the resources needed to keep up with best practices in an ever-changing field. From research and reports to toolkits and professional development programs, aam membership brings a wealth of knowledge to excel in the field. Categories of membership include institutional, individual, industry and ally. Expenses $493,372. Including grants of $ 0. Revenue $3,062,886.advocacy: Museums advocacy day (mad) provides essential training and support that advocates need to meet effectively with members of congress and their staff. Museums advocacy day is a unique opportunity to unite with museum colleagues and supporters from across the country as one voice to reaffirm Museums' essential value, collective contributions, and aspirations while making the critical case for Museums directly to congress. Mad is an annual two-day conference in Washington, dc typically scheduled at the end of february. Expenses $363,141. Including grants of $ 0. Revenue $23,070.center for the future of Museums: the center for the future of Museums (cfm) is a "think tank"-like program to help Museums navigate the future by monitoring cultural, technological, political and economic trends that matter to Museums; equipping Museums to help their communities address future challenges; and building strong connections among Museums and educational, corporate, civic, nonprofit and government organizations. Cfm hosts a blog, an annual report called trendswatch, as well as other reports and specialized research. Expenses $157,590. Including grants of $ 0. Revenue $0.

Grants made by AAM

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)Reel Stories Aims To Empower Young People By Improving the Confidence, Accomplishments, and Imagery of Marginalized Girls and Young Women in the Communities of Metro Detroit and Jerusalem. This Project Offers Joint Programming for A Total of 40 Teenage Girls, Ages 14-17 (20/region) Who Are Underserved in the Arts. Participants Will Learn the Art of Filmmaking, and Share Their Experiences With One Another and Their Counterparts Overseas Via Closed Social Media Outlets, Skype, and Immersive Cultural Exchange. in Addition To Technical Skill-Building in Film Production, Sessions Will Facilitate Dialogue on Gender and Empowerment, Identity and Culture, and Civic Participation. Courses Will Culminate in A Series of Public Film Screenings in Michigan at the Arab American National Museum and in Jerusalem at the Palestinian Heritage Museum.$93,000
Montshire Museum of ScienceThis Project Will Engage Two Culturally Distinct Communities in Rural New England and Bhutan in Conversations and Knowledge Sharing Focused on Urgent Issues of Environmental Sustainability. An International Team of 10 College Students (Five/region) Will Collect Personal Stories of the Impact Environmental Change Is Having on the Lives of People in Their Countries. They Will Co-Curate Their Collection During Face-To-Face Cultural Exchange Visits and Over A Virtual Platform. This Work Will Help Global Community Members Merge Scientific Data With Local Narratives of Environmental Change; Help University-Aged Students To Understand the Importance of Integrating Different Knowledge Systems Into Community-Based Science Learning and Dialogue; and Bring International Communities Together To Create Programming That Enhances Understanding of Environmental Sustainability.$86,181
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillThe Story of the Maya Diaspora Transcends Geo-Political Borders, and Expressions of Maya Culture Are Influenced By the Various Places Where They Have Settled. Maya From the Margins Is Designed To Empower Minority Communities Through the Recuperation of Historical Identities, Particularly Maya Communities That Have Been Disenfranchised Through the Destruction of Ancestral Artifacts. Through Social Media and Creative Online Discussions, Approximately 20 Maya High School Students From North Carolina and Yucatan (10/region) Will Collaboratively Produce A Museum Exhibit Focusing on the Themes of History, Identity, and Migration. As Amateur Archivists, Students Will Examine Historical Documents That Inform What It Means To Be An Indigenous Maya Person and Have Deep Historical Roots While Considering the Impacts of Migration on Indigenous Identities. the Exhibit Will Travel With Both Cohorts of Students To Each Country, Where Students Will Present Their Research To Their Home Communities.$83,534
...and 2 more grants made

Who funds American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Alice L Walton FoundationAdvancing Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Among Museum Leadership and Across the Field$439,950
J Paul Getty TrustConnecting Professionals/sharing Expertise$85,000
American Online Giving FoundationGeneral Support$28,569
...and 12 more grants received
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Personnel at AAM

Laura L LottPresident and Chief Executive Officer$438,224
Brooke LeonardChief of Staff$132,839
Arthur AffleckExecutive Vice President / Vice President Development / Vice President , Development$131,470
Elizabeth MerrittVice President Strategic Foresight and Founding Dr / Vice President Strategic Foresight and Founding Director / Vice President , Strategic Foresight and Founding Director , Center for the Future of Museums / Vice President of Strategic Foresight / Director , Center for the Future of Museums / Director , CFM$136,762
Carol ConstantineDirector of Finance and Administration$106,885
...and 27 more key personnel

Financials for AAM

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,091,829
Program services$7,159,240
Investment income and dividends$121,127
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$24,048
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$646,051
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$80,109
Miscellaneous revenues$30,285
Total revenues$10,152,689

Form 990s for AAM

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-05-25990View PDF
2020-122021-05-28990View PDF
2019-122020-12-01990View PDF
2018-122019-08-17990View PDF
2017-122018-09-12990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 15, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
May 9, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Ann B and Thomas L Friedman Family Found
March 29, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $125,000 from American Immigration Council
November 11, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 15 new personnel
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2451 Crystal Dr 1005
Arlington, VA 22202
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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
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NTEE code, primary
A50: Museums
NAICS code, primary
813920: Professional Associations
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