Areas for Support

Through the generosity of friends and supporters, the American Alliance of Museums provides the latest in trends and issues affecting museums and museum professionals. Each dollar donated directly benefits education, research, and advocacy, helping us meet our goal of advancing museums.

Greatest Needs Fund

American Alliance of Museums depends on contributions to this fund to maintain its financial strength and flexibility from year to year.  Earnings from membership cover only about 40% of annual operating expenses. We depend on unrestricted gifts to pick up where the revenue leaves off. Like any great organization, the Alliance must be able to respond to critical needs and emerging opportunities. Gifts earmarked for the “Greatest Needs Fund” permit the Alliance to address such issues. 

Speak Up for Museums Fund

The Alliance is committed to championing the entire museum community here in our nation’s capitol and across the country. Organizing and convening Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., is just one element. We also offer extensive advocacy training and e-advocacy tools to work closely with our partners in the field.  These include:

  • Working with Congress and federal agencies
  • Conducting advocacy training sessions for the field—both online and at regional and state association meetings
  • Maintaining our advocacy alert systems and the ability to look up legislators on our website