The Challenge of Philanthropy vs. Earned Revenue in Science Centers

Monday, October 1, 2018: 4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Meeting Room 23 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
Jennifer Rickards, Deputy Director, Montshire Museum of Science
Session Moderator:
Jennifer Rickards, Deputy Director, Montshire Museum of Science
Presenters:
Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Marcos Stafne, Executive Director, Montshire Museum of Science, Heather Norton, Vice President of Education, Orlando Science Center and Susan Gregory, Deputy Director, The Lawrence Hall of Science

Museum leaders must ensure robust funding streams to achieve significant outcomes. So how do science centers find the right balance of earned versus contributed income? How do revenue sources impact the nature of our work—its relevance, diversity, scope, and mission-focus? Philanthropy and earned revenues have both challenges and benefits.