Management Service Partnership
For virtually its entire 40-year history, the AAMG had been a volunteer-run organization. Shapiro helped the board determine that this structure was self-limiting, preventing the professional association from enrolling and representing a much larger portion of the academic museum field. Shapiro also helped the organization develop the process for assessing potential professional management options.
Strategic Framework and Pricing
CuSP oversaw the development of AAMG’s 2017-19 strategic framework. Shapiro’s close collaboration with the board helped focus the decision-making, resources, and desired outcomes for this all-volunteer organization. By conducting a thorough review of peer membership and conference pricing and the AAMG’s own financial model, Shapiro developed a fresh price structure that reinforces the Association’s affordability, value, and sustainability.
CuSP worked with the Association president to develop a streamlined business case to accompany the organization’s 2013 strategic plan. “Stress testing” challenged proposed sources and uses of funds, assessing the inherent risks and crafting necessary contingencies. By aligning the strategic plan and business case, the AAMG was able to evaluate potential weaknesses in its programmatic, operational or infrastructure investments.