The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has hired Durel Consulting Partners of Baltimore, Md., to evaluate the future of the museum, as part of a business planning effort.
The project is being paid for entirely with donations and grants from the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, H. Chase Stone Trust, J.H. Edmondson Foundation and Bee Vradenburg Foundation.
The Pioneers Museum and Durel Consulting will bring together residents, community leaders and stakeholders to assess the museum’s current business model – and recommend a new path.
A small consulting firm, Durel has extensive experience working with cultural nonprofit organizations and museums throughout the nation with issues such as executive leadership planning, sustainability and fund development.
“John Durel and Anita Durel are nationally recognized museum consultants with over 60 years of professional insight and background between them,” Museum Director Matt Mayberry said. “I look forward to working with them to find a sustainable future for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.”
Because of the recession and city revenue shortfalls, city general fund support for the museum was reduced from $895,000 during 2008 to $365,000 during 2010. Moreover, general fund support has been proposed for elimination during 2011.
The museum staff and other stakeholders have said that the best way to preserve the museum is to identify strategies for building a sustainable financial base that is not dependent on tax revenue.
A summary of Durel’s findings and recommended strategies is expected to be completed this summer.