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Museum Workers Relief Fund

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It has become clear to us that when our institutions will not stand in solidarity with us, we must stand in solidarity with one another.
The Museum Workers Relief Fund operates by the principles of mutual aid: organized by and for museum workers, founded on equity, trust, solidarity, and empowerment of our members, without conditions. We will gather the voices of museum workers offering and asking for aid and, together, we will advocate for a transformation of museum culture that will center dignity, justice, and humanity.

We are currently fundraising $50,000 and will distribute $500 each to 100 applicants. Applications for funding will open once we hit our initial fundraising milestone of $10,000. Funding will be available in multiple rounds.

Who is eligible for aid? Any museum worker in the U.S. who has been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended for museum workers in the most precarious financial situations, even pre-crisis

Who should donate?

Museum workers who are still employed, people who love museums, museum board members, museum donors, and anyone looking to support people who bring arts and culture to you daily. We recognize that even for those museum workers who have not been adversely affected by pay cuts and job losses, many are still on tight budgets. Small acts of solidarity add up to a movement! If 5,000 people donated $12 (or 1% of one stimulus check) right now, we would easily meet our initial goal and then some. If you have more than $12 to give, we gratefully welcome your support.

If you would like to donate through our fiscal sponsor, email [email redacted].

For more info and to apply, check out


  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs
  • Nick Visscher
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Reema Ghazi
    • $30 
    • 4 yrs
  • Sarah Lee
    • $500 
    • 4 yrs
  • John H Payne IV
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team: Museum Workers Speak (9)

Paula Santos
Chicago, IL
Alyssa Greenberg
Team member
Anniessa Antar
Team member
Christian Ramirez
Team member
Gretchen Jennings
Team member

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