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Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Toolkit

The Advocacy Toolkit is designed to be a central resource for IAM members and others engaged in museum work to learn about why it is important for museums to have a voice in Springfield and Washington D.C., how to advocate effectively to advance your mission, and what are critical priorities for Illinois museums at any given time.

How to Engage in Advocacy


Members of Congress are interested to learn about the work that you are doing in their communities. When identifying your representative(s), it is helpful to think—not only about the district in which your home office is located—but also the areas in which you fund. It is likely that your foundation funds across multiple districts.

Identify which Members of Congress represent areas in which you fund or have a connection with.


If you fund in multiple states, it is helpful to consider which Members of Congress may be interested in learning about your work beyond the two Senators from your home state.

Identify your state’s Senators.

Find your Illinois representatives

Tips for Meeting with Elected Officials.

Do's and Don'ts of Advocacy

The more you know...

Here are some printable resources to help you advocate for your museum.

Museums as Economic Engines

Illinois Museums as Economic Engines

Museums Facts

Museum Facts Infographic

Museum Day 2020 Letter (template)

FY 2021 Funding Request Summary