Date of Graduation
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Master of Arts in Museum Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
This Museum Studies Master of Arts capstone discusses three distinct achievements that a museum can achieve and the processes necessary to obtain them. These accomplishments must be completed in chronological order as follows: firstly, becoming a non-profit public benefit corporation in California, second applying for 501 (c) (3) federal tax-exemption, and finally earning accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This research will define such critical terms as for-profit, non-profit, standards, and best practices as they relate to museums. In addition, this work will provide a comprehensive explanation of the steps required to complete all three milestones including among other aspects government form descriptions, financial requirements, and professional recommendations. Other areas examined include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the California Attorney General, board of directors, the AAM as a governing body, funding, and donations.
Moore, Jennifer N., "Three Distinct Museum Achievements and Their Processes: Becoming a Non-Profit, Applying for 501 (c) (3) Federal Tax-Exemption, and Earning Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums" (2016). Master's Projects and Capstones. 448.
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