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In response to the recent economic downturn, a number of organizations have compiled online toolkits with advice about how to survive—or better yet, thrive—despite the tough economy (see below).  As part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through a Chairman’s Extraordinary Action Grant, the Heritage Tourism Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is compiling an online toolkit with resources for the broad range of cultural and heritage tourism attractions (including museum, arts organizations, historic sites, communities, heritage areas, scenic byways and others).   A key component of the toolkit (scheduled for  completion in the fall of 2010) will be case studies to showcase successful strategies undertaken by attractions from across the United States.



Americans for the Arts Toolkit: Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit


American Association of Museums

Museum Survival Guide

*Additional resources available to members only


American Association of State and Local History

Weathering the Financial Storm


Association of Fundraising Professionals

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy

*Additional resources available to members only


National Trust for Historic Preservation




Ohio Arts Council-Making the Case


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Portland, Oregon Regional Arts and Cultural Council (RACC)

Tools for Organizations


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Strategies for Survival Checklist (November 2008)


Do you know of another online toolkit or online resource that should

be added to this list?  If so, please send it to

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