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Glavé & Holmes Architecture, a founding sponsor of the North Carolina Museum Council Director’s Froum, is pleased to announce the second annual NCMC Director’s Forum, which will be held at NC History Center at Tryon Palace on March 23 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Network, share, and learn during this interactive experience with Dr. Betsy Bennett, retired Director of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Allan Burrows, President of Capital Development Services, who will lead a discussion on philanthropy in challenging times, engaging in philanthropy, and what strategies work for major capital campaigns. Participants will also learn to prepare, ask for, and manage major gifts using the successful case study of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as a model. Success does not come without great planning and strong leadership, both of which bring lessons every museum can learn.

Through partnership with sponsor Glavé & Holmes Architecture, the North Carolina Museums Council launched the Director’s Forum program solely for senior leaders of museums to address the critical subjects they faced in managing and expanding their museums. NCMC and G&HA inaugurated the Director’s Forum during our 50th Anniversary Conference in 2013 with Elizabeth Merritt, Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums.

About the Director’s Forum Presenters

allen_burrows_037_cropAllan Burrows, President of Capital Development Services, manages the company’s marketing, operations, campaign and search divisions. In his 20-plus years of fundraising experience, he has supervised capital and endowment campaigns throughout the Southeastern US for cultural, environmental, educational, social, religious, health and human services, and economic development nonprofit clients. He has experience working with leadership, major gift solicitation, development and executive search in all types of nonprofits and has expertise in estate planning, board development, organizational strategic planning, and capital campaigns.

BetsyBennett-cropDr. Betsy Bennett is well-known in the NC museum community, having led North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to major expansion, record attendance and national recognition. Now the most visited museum in the state, the Museum of Natural Sciences opened its doors in 2000 after she championed the fundraising for the $71 million main museum. A subsequent campaign for the museum’s Nature Research Center raised $56 million for its 2012 opening. Prior to serving as the museum’s director, Dr. Bennett served as a consultant to the Triangle Children’s Museum and was an educator/scientist at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. She also served as a school board member in Charlotte from 1978 to 1985. Following her 2012 retirement, Betsy joined Capital Development.

Registration for the NCMC Annual Conference is now open. For more details about the Director’s Forum, visit the NCMC website.