Your collection is growing. The archive needs better preservation. You need better organization and access to items. These are only a few of the many reasons you might need to find funding for your museum storage needs. This article higlights options that can help you support long-term goals without blowing the budget in the short-term.
In the United States, the majority of museums are nonprofits relying on donations and memberships. The nonprofit status means a reduced tax burden. But also they “must stitch together sustainable revenue streams from a range of sources, while being as much at the whim of the marketplace as for-profit enterprises.”
According to the American Association of Museums, the four major funding sources are private giving, government support (federal, state and local), revenue (e.g. ticket and gift shop sales) and investment income. Feeling financially stressed is the norm for museum leadership.
No wonder finding funds for museum storage needs can be a struggle. For one thing, many donors are motivated by prestige. High-density storage and mobile art racks, for instance, don’t necessarily scratch that itch (unless you work here at Patterson Pope). Yet there are several ways to pull together the funds for a storage project.
Patterson Pope offers 40+ years experience in customizing collections storage for museums and galleries big and small. We can’t fund your storage project, but we can help provide the details you need about timelines, storage options, materials and space savings to make your case.