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Collaborations During a Pandemic

April 7, 2021

In March we released the results of the first of three COVID-19 Impact to Heritage Organizations Survey results. Some of the stories we gathered from that survey give us some insight into how local organizations partnered together during these extraordinary times.

Just a few of the stories from the survey include:

  • A heritage organization partnered with their local library to offer an online book club.
  • A heritage organization partnered with a community access television station to produce programming.
  • Nine museums in the same region teamed up to offer a shared admission pass. This program helps offset some of the financial impact of the EO 20-12 closures, encourages visitors to return to museums, and offers admission at a significant discount. The participating museums split the revenue evenly.
  • Genealogical societies in Oregon have been developing cross-promotion of online events in order to boost attendance and support each other.

Pre-pandemic, partnering with other organizations was a way to maximize capacity and money to have a greater community impact. The pandemic has brought out how it’s even more important than ever to connect with other organizations in your region in order to survive and continue to provide a valuable service to your local communities.

The COVID-19 survey #1 results showed that during the period of March 2020-November 2020 respondents partnered with the following types of community organizations:

  • Other heritage organizations
  • Other nonprofits
  • DMO/Tourism organizations
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Main Street organization
  • City Council
  • Schools
  • Local Health Authority
  • Social Service organizations
  • Local Tribal Governments
  • Neighborhood Groups
  • Tenants
  • Ports
  • For profit businesses
  • Libraries

At the state level, these challenging times have helped us realize the importance of a statewide heritage network and we witnessed a lot of positive interactions during several COVID-19 Commiseration Calls we did starting in March of 2020. It’s our hope that we can continue strengthening this network so that it can benefit heritage organizations during the recovery from the pandemic. We really are stronger together.

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