The American Museum in Britain Appoints Consulting Development Officer

April 26, 2013 - Sue Bond

Cherie Rogers, Chief Consultant of Common Aim Communications and a prominent fundraiser and award-winning journalist, joins the team of the American Museum in May 2013.   Announcing Ms Rogers’s appointment, Museum Director Richard Wendorf said that the institution “welcomes its first development specialist, someone who has extensive professional experience in fundraising and membership, and who is familiar with the development environment in the South West”.

Ms Rogers has worked since 1985 in the public, voluntary, and charitable sectors as a consultant.  She has provided development services, including fundraising and public relations, to a broad range of organisations, from heritage and arts charities to campaigning organisations and large educational institutions.

Fundraising achievements include: over £2 million, including £525,000 in Heritage Lottery Fund grants, for a leading West Country cathedral’s development appeal; £500,000 to conserve the same cathedral’s 14th century stained glass window; £175,000 from individual donors for a charity working with people with disabilities; and £100,000 from a BBC TV Lifeline appeal for an overseas organisation.

Ms Rogers has broadcast on BBC radio, and her articles have been published widely in periodicals and newspapers.  Bristol News, Bristol City Council’s quarterly newspaper, which Ms Rogers helped launch and edit, was awarded the Institute of Public Relations/Local Government Chronicle Certificate of Excellence after six issues.

Canadian by birth, Ms Rogers has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, Ottawa.  She has been resident in the United Kingdom for 32 years and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Note to Editors

Established in 1961, the American Museum in Britain is celebrated for its magnificent decorative arts collection comprising over 200 historic American quilts, exceptional pieces of Shaker furniture, exuberant folk art paintings and sculpture, Native American objects, and Renaissance maps of the New World.  The Museum also has the most significant collection of American folk art in Europe and extensive grounds, including the Arboretum of American trees.

This year’s exhibition GANGSTERS & GUNSLINGERS – The Good, the Bad & the Memorabilia, on view until 3 November 2013, brings together two defining chapters in the history of the United States that shaped America’s national identity: the Wild West (mid 1860s to the late 1880s) and the wild years of the Prohibition/Depression era (1920s and early 1930s).

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