By: grabitsdm | February 29, 2008
The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting
Â plans to produce a traveling exhibit that would be available to county and local historical societies beginning in the Boy Scouts of America
's centennial year
of 2010.Â The exhibit will be similar to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service
's (SITES) "Museum on Main Street
- general content that establishes a context for your own local collections.
- includes program ideas, educational materials, publicity materials,
- helps identify and make sense of your local Boy Scout collections, and more.
As with most of the exhibits available from SITES:
- a small rental fee will be charged, and
- the borrower will arrange for delivery, and
- pay incoming shipping costs.Â
Space requirements areÂ to be determined. The exhibit would be available for 6 or 8-week bookings. Since many details (content, size, time, cost, etc.) have not yet been decided, this is your opportunity to help us determine in what ways a traveling Boy Scout history exhibit would be the most useful to you and your community.Â
If you are potentially interested in booking such an exhibit, please either e-mail Claudia Nicholson
, Executive Director of the museum, or write to her at North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, 2640 E. Seventh Avenue, North St. Paul, MNÂ 55109.
By: grabitsdm | February 26, 2008
Over the years a lot has been said about what government and nonprofits could learn from business. In the latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Richard Haass says in an interview that businesses could learn much from government. such as building up protections from man-made and natural disasters, or investing in literacy to create a more skilled workforce. Thinking about what businesses could learn from government is an appropriate reversal of common assertions to the contrary. The article then prompts the next question: what could businesses learn from nonprofits? In this case, specifically what could businesses learn from nonprofit historical organizations?
By: grabitsdm | February 12, 2008
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By: admin | February 11, 2008
With the death of Mona Nelson
on February 6, 2008, a moment of reflection is appropriate. Mona led the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and formation of the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums. Other leaders since the 1920s, both volunteer and paid staff, have shaped local history in Minnesota, too. However, collectively the record and analysis of Minnesota's vibrant historical organization community certainly is difficult to find. Many of the blog's subscribers know many of the legendary leaders of this community. If you couldÂ nominate one of those leaders as worthy to be remembered, who would that be, and why?
By: admin | February 5, 2008
Is there anyone out there with archives training who is now using PastPerfect for archives? I would like to find a resource person to talk to about the best way to set things up and the most efficient way of using PastPerfect for archival management.
Sherburne History Center
By: admin | February 3, 2008
The Minnesota Association of Museums is looking for a way to accept online conference registrations and memberships. Being a small, all volunteer non-profit with a very small (really) budget, we need something affordable and easy to use. Does anyone have experience with a good, affordable, reliable online system or company?
Shana Crosson and Megan Schaack, for MAM
By: admin | January 10, 2008
Back in December the Christian Science Monitor ran "Retink Tax Breaks for Charitable Giving
" by Daniel Grant. In his opinion charitabe giving should be restricted to helping the poor. He points to a Clinton-era proposal to allow full deduction for gifts to help the poor, and partial deduction for gifts to any other public good, such as our historical organizations. Grant notes that current tax code will not likely change soon. As 501(c)(3) tax deductible organizations, how might we join this discussion? Is there any reason to be concerned about opinions like Mr. Grant's?
An article last week on GuideStar's newsletter reminded me of the classic Wendy's commercial with an elderly woman demanding to know, "Where's the Beef?" The article, Branding as a Fundraising Tool
by Larry Checco, suggests that transparency, accountability, tracking and measuring results, professionalizing development efforts, having a web presence, and promoting your brand are what successful business people would recognize and find relevant at nonprofits.
He writes: "When asked how they would feel about operating in a more businesslike fashion, as well as incorporating branding strategies into their daily activities, many nonprofit leaders still tell me that "it would make us look too much like the for-profit sector." And my response is always the same - Get over it!" Yet Checco does not advocate "nonprofits compromise their passion for their missions or co-opt their values or program strategies to appease business-oriented donors."
Keeping Steven Miller's comments
in mind from the Under a Microscope
discussion, are Checco's remarks in line with Miller? Above all, where's the line between charity and business?
By: admin | November 26, 2007
Do you have a successful program for working with groups of Scouts either Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts? Scouts are always looking for activities, whether it is a field trip, service project or badge earning activity. Museums are always looking for new audiences. How do we get these two together?
Share some successful and not-so-successful ideas.
By: admin | November 20, 2007
Steven T. Miller, commissioner for tax exempt and government entities at the Internal Revenue Service spoke
about why changes are proposed in reporting of nonprofit activity. Basically he said that nonprofits are under a microscope because citizens generally want to make sure a public service happens in lieu of foregone taxes. In a speech
a few days later Miller provided some thoughts on trends the IRS sees in the nonprofit sector. He mentions several, but one notes being Ready for the Boom
and the other is the troubling blurring of the line between for-profit and nonprofit activity. While nonprofits can benefit from business discipline, it seems that forgetting the mission blurs the line the fastest and the cause of being under the microscope. What's your take on the commissioner's comments?