The key to success for non-profits

By Matt Hicks
By Casey Killian

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Greater Binghamton Chamber may serve business members, but it also shares community concerns.

Members came together Thursday to learn about the challenges non-profits face and how they can succeed.

The Executive Director of the Roberson Museum said their non-profit used an outside assessment in 2009 to launch the museum back from the brink of financial failure.

It's now a model of adaptability and success.

"Going from a point of crisis and personal anxiety on my part, to a place where I can share it with not only this community, but we're telling the story at Museum Wise Conference in Syracuse and at the American Affiliation of Museums Conference in Baltimore," said Terry McDonald, executive director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center. "It's a nationwide story. It's a good story to tell."

The New York Council on Nonprofits Inc. was the consultant that helped Roberson Museum.

It offered 21 recommendations, including selling the Decker Mansion and hiring a professional marketing staff.

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