Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What Types of Fundraising are in Opposition to a Non-profit's Status?

This is a question from a member—I have made it anonymous, at their request. Any collegial comments, suggestions, advice would be greatly appreciated!

For many years our museum has held quilt raffles, contests with prizes, and challenges to raise funds. We now have a new president who opposes such activities, saying they are not compatible with being a museum and with non-profit status. Does anyone there have an opinion, or can you direct me to resources to help find the answer? I have looked at other museums’ web sites, and many do these activities, but it is not clear if this is a museum activity or a “friends of” sort of thing. Thanks for any advice!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Governing Council Retreat 2010

The VAM Governing Council met in Luray from Wednesday, July 7th - Friday, July 9th to discuss strategic planning, opportunities, and challenges for the organization over the next couple of years. We will soon be looking for feedback from our membership at large to help guide and inform our decision-making. Look for more on that soon!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Richmond Tourism Summit, July 28th

Registration is now open for the Richmond Tourism Summit, hosted by the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association (VHTA). The Richmond Tourism Summit will take place on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Richmond Tourism Summit will provide an opportunity to highlight the economic contribution of tourism. Industry experts, policy makers and members of the tourism community will foster discussion on recent industry trends, forecasts and how federal and state policy affects all tourism large and small. Participants will hear from the American Hotel & Lodging Association; National Restaurant Association; Greater Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau; Virginia Film Office; Carrie Cantrell, Assistant Secretary for Policy to the Secretary of Commerce & Trade; The Honorable Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond); and The Honorable Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville).
The Richmond Tourism Summit is hosted by the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association (VHTA) at no cost to participants. All are encouraged to attend and bring a colleague. Please make your reservation today by filling out and returning a registration form to Veronica Briggs by email,, or fax, 804.285.3093.