National Native Museum Training Program

Funding Strategies and Stabilization for Tribal Museums

Location: Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska
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Seminar Faculty: Laurie B. Wolf is Vice President of The Foraker Group in Anchorage, Alaska, a unique Alaska organization created to strengthen Alaska's nonprofits. Laurie has worked in the nonprofit section for 18 years and has expertise in the creation and growth of fund development programs, including infrastructure development, donor cultivation and stewardship. She also has expertise in database management, writing and editing of paper and web based communications and grants, and cultivation and training of boards of directors. Laurie holds a B.A. degree in English from Scripps College, an Executive Master's degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, and she is one of 20 Certified Fund Raising Executives in the State of Alaska. She has served on a variety of boards and worked as a volunteer in arts, environmental and human services organizations. In 2005, Laurie was named one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 by the Chamber of Commerce and was named Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in 2006 by the statewide Association of Fundraising Professionals. Laurie was born in Anchorage.

Annette Evans Smith is the President and CEO for the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Annette has over 12 years of senior-level management experience at non-profit organizations in the areas of Alaska Native arts and culture, international relations, and healthcare. Previously, Annette served as the Vice President of Community Relations and Development where she completed a $3.5 million capital campaign to revitalize the Center's Village Sites and launched an annual fund program that has grown from $130,000 to over $500,000 annually. As a public relations and development practitioner, she has diverse knowledge and experience in legislative affairs, working with corporations, governmental agencies, foundations, and Alaska Native Corporations. Annette attended Stanford University where she majored in International Relations and minored in Native American Studies. She is of Athabascan, Yup'ik and Alutiiq descent. She was born in Fairbanks and was raised mainly in the rural community of Dillingham. She is married to Daniel Smith of Dillingham, Alaska, and they have two young sons. Annette is a trustee for Western States Arts Federation, council member for the statewide Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council and also serves on the Alaska Native Advisory Panel for the Alaska State Council on the Arts and as a member for the Cultural Trust Advisory Committee.

Seminar Description: This seminar is designed for current directors of tribal museums and cultural centers to discuss sustaining and improving museum management and operation, as well as tribal cultural institution staff who are responsible for fundraising and board management. In addition to course curriculum, participants may participate in a short one-on-one session with seminar faculty to discuss their unique fiscal and management issues.

Detailed Seminar Agenda: click here to view

Dates of Seminar: September 16-17, 2013

Application Deadline: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 (August 30, 2013, for scholarship)

Registration Fee: $25 (covers 1 lunch and 1 dinner and meeting materials)

Hotel: Clarion Suites Downtown
Travel Information: click here for travel information



Tribal Travel Scholarships: The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation (FCPF) provided NATHPO with a generous grant to offer tribal travel scholarships. For more information and application information, click here pdf Word. All FCPF scholarships awardees must make reservations through NATHPO.


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