Posts Tagged ‘development’

Point of Entry: In Pictures!

June 22, 2009

So. In my first post I explained a bit (okay, a lot) about the Point of Entry programs that the development staff is trying to implement. While they’ve been putting them on for a while now, this past Tuesday (June 16) was my first opportunity to see one of these events in action. I grabbed my camera, figuring that if the “picture…thousand words” meme is true, some visuals might be handy.

So without further ado…a photo recap (behind the cut)!



“That’s STRAWBERY BANKE, with one ‘r’ and an ‘e’ at the end…”

June 9, 2009

Greetings from beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

I’m about a week and a half into my internship here at Strawbery Banke, and thought I’d give you guys an overview of what’s going on. If any of you are unfamiliar with the museum, it’s an outdoor living-history institution. On the grounds are 42 historic buildings built and actively used between 1695 and 1950. Most stand on their original locations, which used to be a neighborhood called Puddle Dock. Visitors freely wander the grounds and can enter most of the buildings. Some have interpreters, like the Shapiro House, where Shiva Shapiro will tell you about her and her family’s lives and experiences as Russian Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century. Others are left for people to explore on their own, like the Winn House and its look at early 19th century architectural techniques.

Mortise and tenon for the win (er...Winn?)!

Mortise and tenon for the win (er...Winn?)!

There are also beautiful historical gardens around the site, which represent 400 years of landscape history.

Anyway, onto my actual, you know, job. I’m working in development, where I’m getting to do a whole range of stuff. I do, however, have two larger projects for the summer. The first of these involves a strategy to attract and cultivate multiple-year, larger-scale donors called the “Point of Entry” program. The basic premise is that board members, staff, and friends of the museum bring prospective donors to a Point of Entry event of no more than 20 people. It includes a basic introduction to the museum and its work in the community, a sample program, and the collection of the participants’ contact information, all in about an hour. They aren’t asked for money, and within a week, development staff call to follow up and get their feedback on the event, the museum’s work, etc. If they seem interested in further information, an active cultivation process begins. The theory is that, by the time they are asked for money, they won’t feel hassled, but rather that they’re giving to a cause they really believe in—and therefore, they’re more likely to become long-term donors and friends of the institution. We’ll be holding these Point of Entry events once a month—the next one being June 16th—and my job is to basically standardize the whole thing, so that everything can be executed hassle-free without causing panic attacks for the development staff every few weeks.

My second big project is to develop a three-year plan to grow the base of potential smaller donors and volunteers. At the moment, this involves taking inventory of all of Strawbery Banke’s programming/community outreach efforts, and finding related organizations and people that might be interested in getting involved in terms of both time and money. This includes gardening/horticulture enthusiasts, historical reenactors, archaeologists, historic preservationists, cultural diversity organizations, educators, “green”/sustainability/environmental groups, and a lot of people in between.

Taken together, it’s a pretty cool set of projects. On the one hand, I’m getting to strategize about larger, multiple-year donations; on the other, I’m taking another look at the community and region to see who we might have forgotten or neglected. But I’ve rambled on enough for now…miss you all, and hope you’re having fantastic summers!

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