Donate to the Silent Auction

Dear Community Members and Friends of the Illinois Association of Museums:

The 2016 Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference will be held this year in historic Oak Park from September 28-30.  The conference will be bustling with sessions, workshops, legislative updates, and evening events and tours attended by hundreds of participants.

Every year, a highlight of the Illinois Association of Museums Conference is our Silent Auction. We are inviting select Illinois vendors, service providers, cultural institutions, and professional organizations to participate by donating goods, experiences, or services to the auction. Your generosity brings special attention to your brand, organization or site, and collectively the auction items showcase all that Illinois has to offer.

Fundraising for IAM programming is critical to our mission to provide advocacy, promote best practices, and foster the exchange of ideas in the Illinois museum community. Please donate to the Illinois Association of Museums Conference Silent Auction.

Silent Auction donations can be experiential (tickets to sporting or cultural events, celebrity meetings, health club or yoga passes, tours, backstage passes, spa or salon services vouchers, cooking classes, hotel or travel vouchers, restaurant gift certificates) or material objects (art, pottery, sports memorabilia, memberships, food or beverage gifts, books or paper goods, toys, jewelry, home and garden items) and more.  Be creative!  If you wish, you can bundle items with another organization in your area.

Our 2015 Silent Auction benefitted the IAM’s educational programs, training initiatives, and the Mary H. Turner Scholarship fund.  This year, that fund is providing three Scholarship recipients, including the Graduate Student of the Year, with all-inclusive conference registration.  This support for professional development is vitally important to our field.

Auction items, including a copy of the donation form below, should arrive at the address below by September 14th.  If you prefer to bring the item to the conference, please fill out the enclosed form and email or post it to the address below by September 14th.

Ship Silent Auction Items and Forms to:

IAM Silent Auction

c/o The Nineteenth Century Club ▪ 178 Forest Avenue ▪ Oak Park, IL 60301


Thank you for your support of the Illinois Association of Museums.  Your generosity will help make this year’s IAM Silent Auction the best ever!


Suzy Ford, Silent Auction Chair                                                                        

Diane Gutenkauf, Executive Director


Silent Auction Donation Form

Thank You for Supporting IAM!