For example, the Society’s membership dues are down by 44 percent, from $136,958 in fiscal year 2008 to $77,170 in fiscal year 2012. Over the same period, donations are down by 59 percent, from nearly $794,000 in fiscal year 2008 to approximately $327,000 in fiscal year 2012.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Will the Arizona Historical Society become history?
A recent newspaper headline read “Arizona Historical Society soon could be history”. That article was mostly supportive of the AHS, but the corresponding question could be serious. The AHS is losing public monetary support very rapidly. Were it not for their huge government handout, they would be history.
The recent Auditor General’s report includes the following paragraph.
That means the AHS has lost 57% of its private monetary support in just four years. The audit report presumes adverse economic conditions may explain the rapid decline. But, could it be that the AHS has alienated a large portion of the community, especially in Phoenix?
Students, teachers, parents, and grandparents were not happy when the AHS hijacked and then mindlessly destroyed the mineral museum.
Is the AHS paying a price for its reprehensible behavior?
The Arizona Republic
Apr 22, 2014 - Laurie Roberts: