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  • Emily Thompson 8:51 pm on March 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Database, , Planned Giving,   

    I’m Back! 

    Hi All, I’m back from my fabulous trip to the Netherlands! What a beautiful country. My family is there for a while because of business, and live about an hour and a half south-east of Amsterdam. We drove up there and I did see the Anne Frank House, which I was very excited about because of my involvement with the museum, obviously, and you name it, we did…except for some things which were off-limits due to the fact i was traveling with 4 children under the age of 13.  🙂 We did a million other things, but I don’t feel the need to bore you with stories of my family vacation.

    Back at work this week and its going well. I hit a little bump in the road on Monday when they made me move desks again. Seriously starting to be a real pain. Is it too much to ask to just have a desk I can leave all my stuff at each night and know in the morning it is going to be there? Having to constantly move around, change floors, and update computers to fit my needs is such a hassle. I’m trying to make the most of it though and am meeting new people around the museum! Steve, the tech guy, and I are practically best friends haha.

    I’ve finally started working with Team Approach, the museum’s database to keep track of donors, members, etc. I’m familiar with Razer’s Edge, but this is so different. It is a very weird program, not sure how I feel about it yet. It is not very user-friendly. Anyhoo, all the work I did looking through files and finding information about donations made to the endowment now has to be updated into Team Approach. So, I think this is Part 2 of my project.

    Things are getting SUPER busy now at the Museum because Days of Remembrance is fast approaching, the 2nd week of May. This is a 3 day event including a tribute dinner (only $325 a plate, yikes) with Speaker Attorney General Eric Holder. This dinner pays tribute to the US Soldiers who helped defeat the Nazis during WW2 and liberate Holocaust survivors. This year’s event is going to be extremely special as many veterans are going to be in attendance. I am lucky enough to get to work this event, although I’m not entirely sure yet in what capacity.  I’ll keep you posted!!!

    • Karen Thompson 3:53 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Emily, I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It sounds very exciting and the work seems rewarding. It is a lot more information than I get from your phone calls. How often do you blog?

  • Emily Thompson 4:32 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bequests, CGAs, , Donations, Endowments, Estates, IRA, Planned Giving, Trusts,   

    Working in Planned Giving: Endowments 

    So, most people know what development is. It is the part of an organization that helps get money! Development is most commonly seen in the Not-For-Profit world, but some for-profits have development as well. What most people don’t know however is that there are several areas of Development; Grants, Foundations, even Special Events! At the USHMM, I am working in Planned Giving. PG is about planning for the future and ensuring the museum remains for future generations. Receiving charitable donations through bequests, estates, IRAs, trusts, and many others donors ensure that the memory and lessons of the holocaust will never be forgotten

    One of the most important aspects of development is knowing where donations are meant to go. There are several areas such as the permanent collection, education programs, and the endowment. The endowment is a large pool of money that can be used for the museum’s general purposes and programming. This money is extremely important to have just in case anything were to ever happen, there would be money to fall back on.

    This is where my job comes in! Currently, I am going through each and every donor file to see if they have specifically designated their money to go to the General Endowment. It may not seem like the most thrilling job, but it is important information for the museum to have an estimate of how much money they have in the endowment, just in case!!

    • FB 1:20 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It is interesting. Are you getting a sense of who the donors are and what they’re like? Is it a struggle to get funds for general operations because people want their money to go to highly visible projects?

  • Emily Thompson 5:14 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Planned Giving, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,   

    Emily’s First Post!! Woo Hoo! 

    Hi Everyone!! My name is Emily, I am a graduate student in the Department of Performing Arts. I am currently working on getting my master’s in Arts Management! I recently graduated from Syracuse University in May 2009 with a dual degree in Art History and Public Policy, and a minor in Public Communications. I LOVED Syracuse and had a wonderful experience there, but now I am VERY excited to be in DC now and studying at AU.

    This January I started interning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Planned Giving, an area of Development.  So far, things are going really well. I’m really enjoying the people I work with, and learning about development, planned giving and the museum. This is now my “4th” week at the museum, or it would have been, had it not be for the snow week, yuck! So, I will make sure to update you all on everything that has already happened, and will keep you posted on what is to come! Hope you enjoy the ride with me!

    • fblume 12:09 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog! (Where’s your photo?!) Planned giving is really interesting. Are you seeing it as a way for people to feel involved?

      • Emily Thompson 2:34 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you!! It is great to be a part of such a great project! My only hope is that other’s will enjoy reading about my experience and it the USHMM as a great place to work! Planned Giving is definitely interesting and there is a lot more to it than I had originally anticipated. The PG Director, associates, and stewards work really hard to keep the donors involved through different “groups” such as Legacy of Light or Wings of Memory Societies. I will have to blog about these groups in another entry at some point!

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