THE SPECIAL FRIENDS OF THE AURORA FOSSIL MUSEUM: A MODEL FOR AMATEUR INVOLVEMENT IN A MUSEUM SETTING
The SFOM was established out of the need to develop an organization that could support the AFM through capital campaigns, fundraising ventures, volunteer activity, as well as to expand the museum’s outreach and networking efforts. Its creation has united fossil collectors, who have a common admiration for and a desire to support the AFM. During its thirteen year history, the SFOM has contributed substantially to the growth and stability of the AFM and through the dedication of the SFOM membership, the AFM has been able to endure economically challenging times. The nature of the SFOM’s supportive role to the AFM dynamic has been successful. Its success, as an amateur-dominant support organization, can be a model for the future development of support organizations in similar museum settings.