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
FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE(S)
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.
GO TO WWW.HOUSE.GOV/REPRESENTATIVES/FIND
FIND YOUR SENATORS
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.
GO TO WWW.SENATE.GOV/SENATORS/CONTACT
Find your Illinois representatives
How to Take Action
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
Museum Facts Infographic
Museum Day 2020 Letter (template)
FY 2021 Funding Request Summary