Jessie Ball duPont Fund awards an Organizational Transformation Grant
Old Salem Receives an Organizational Transformation Grant From the Jessie Ball duPont Fund
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JUNE 2019) — The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has awarded Old Salem Museums & Gardens a $60,000 unrestricted grant to assist in the re-envisioning of the 70-year-old history site. Old Salem, a national leader in living history experiences, has introduced a series of groundbreaking initiatives, in the last two and a half years. The initiatives are a result of a strategic re-evaluation of Old Salem’s core mission as well as trends in the overall history museum field.
Franklin Vagnone, President of Old Salem Museums & Gardens said, “We feel very supported by our visitors and funders, both through social media as well as financial contributions, but this type of organizational self-reflection and strategic re-alignment is difficult and at times goes unrecognized. This grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is an affirmation of the difficulty and utmost importance of the transformational work underway at Old Salem. It also says that our work is being appreciated.”
“We are pleased to support Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ bold new strategy, which closely aligns with one of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s goals: to increase access to art, history, cultural resources, and education,” said Barbara Roole, senior program officer, Jessie Ball duPont Fund. “This is an important initiative to expand quality resources, inclusivity, and equity that will benefit the whole Old Salem community and all of its visitors.”