Qm² is a community of consultants. Our shared mission is to help nonprofit organizations, particularly museums and cultural groups, build successful futures by implementing powerful concepts of learning, leadership, management, and design. Although we each operate our own business, we share values, our talents are complementary, and we care for and support one another. Read More
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Panhandle Plains Historical Museum 
Dean Krimmel worked with John Crank of The 1717 Design Group to develop a plan that will dramatically improve PPHM's visitor experience.
Chicago's Glessner House 
Anita Durel and John Durel worked on strategies for strengthening the relationship between the house and its neighbors and constituents.
Recently Published Articles
Eliminating the Fear Factor in Fundraising
by Anita Durel
Published in Hand to Hand, the magazine of the Association of Children's Museums, Summer 2009
 
With staff and resources cut, there simply is not enough time to accomplish everything you used to do. So maybe this is the best time to examine priorities and recognize that this is a great time to focus on one in particular: rallying the board to ask for money. It may seem counterintuitive, but hard economic times present a unique opportunity to engage museum trustees in fundraising. Read More.
 
Entrepreneurship in Historical Organizations
by John Durel
Published in History News, the magazine of the American Association of State and Local History, Spring 2009
 
It seems almost preposterous to describe historical and cultural institutions as entrepreneurial. The popular view of an entrepreneur in America can be seen any month on the cover of Inc. Magazine. Young, smart, ambitious, hard driving, probably living in California, with a bright idea or new product that will make millions. Not the kind of people one usually finds working in archives or at historic sites. Read More.
 
What Can We Do For You? Broadening the Relevance and Reputation of Museums and Historic Sites
by Anita Durel
Published in Forum Journal by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Summer 2009
 
We must recognize that, collectively and independently, historic sites and museums of all types have failed to articulate and broadly disseminate a cogent and compelling case for their continued existence. Read More.
LHUCA
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
Our work with LHUCA included the development of new mission and vision statements, board training, and development planning.
 Videos
Museum Directors Duckpin Bowling
Roundtable members gathered in Baltimore in March, 2009 to discuss nonprofit sustainability ... and to have a bit of fun.
 
John Durel conducting a workshop on Strategic Thinking at the annual meeting of AAM in Los Angeles in May, 2010. The workshop covered some of the concepts he presents in Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization.
New from Qm² and the American Association of Museums
The American Association of Museums has published John Durel's workbook on building a sustainable nonprofit organization. The book is the result of lessons learned from working closely with nonprofit executive directors over the past decade, many of whom are members of the Qm² Roundtables for Executives. Durel's purpose and that of his consulting colleagues in Qm² is to help museums increase financial and operational sustainability so that in the future they can better manage events like the 2008 economic recession.
 
This is the first ebook published by AAM. It is a workbook containing strategic thinking activities that can be used with staff and board, as well as checklists for the CEO, to focus the organization on things that matter in creating a sustainable enterprise. The book can be purchased and downloaded from the AAM online bookstore ($9.95 for AAM members; $14.95 for non-members.)
 
Click here to purchase Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization.
 
Being a Leader in Your Organization, Even When You're Not the Boss
by John Durel
I recently received an email from someone who attended a presentation I did at a meeting of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2003, stating that he continues to use the handout from that session. It is gratifying to learn that material I developed seven years ago is still proving useful. He asked if he could share it with his colleagues, so I decided to post it here for anyone who wants to use it.