Recession Toll on Museum Workers

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Recession Toll on Museum Workers

By: grabitsdm | July 28, 2010
American Association of Museums released last week the results of a study that show museums are understaffed during this economic downturn. According to the report, 53% of museums lack adequate staffing. Also, 34% of museums had layoffs, and 41% delayed hiring due to the economy.

A professional training session from the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits last year on mergers suggested that nonprofits in general are terribly undercapitalized in core functions. Comparing this thought to the AAM report cited above, are staffing levels at museums currently set by the economic downturn or by systemic undercapitalization?