Effective October 1, 2014 Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) acquired control of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, which will maintain its status as a separately recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
FFCDC will oversee and coordinate the operations and activities of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Their discussions with the Museum began after several community leaders approached FFCDC about taking over its operations. The boards of both organizations subsequently approved the measure.
The Boca Children’s Museum has a 30-year history of providing enrichment programming to children and families in our community (which means I totally rocked out there as a kid myself).
Their mission to enhance the creative and critical thinking skills of children through the arts and humanities complements FFCDC’s work to use education to make a difference in the lives of families.
Both organizations are expected to reap significant benefits from their access to shared resources including:
* Enhanced programming
* Greater reach into the community
* Increased funding support for new and existing programs and operations
I’m personally thrilled and optimistic that the museum will grow and thrive under this new organized structure!
Check out an extended Q&A below…
Where is the Boca Raton Children’s Museum located?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum is located at 498 Crawford Blvd. in downtown Boca Raton. It has existed for 34 years.
Why has Florence Fuller acquired control of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum?
Like many other small non-profit organizations facing funding issues in today’s economy, the Boca Raton Children’s Museum struggled to maintain the necessary support from its donors and could no longer rely on shrinking governmental grants to fund shortfalls. When community leaders realized that the Museum was at risk of closing due to its lack of resources, they approached Florence Fuller Child Development Centers to consider whether operational and educational synergies could come together to allow both organizations to flourish and expand. After several months of meetings and discussions between both organizations, the Board of Directors of FFCDC was able to present the Museum’s Board with a plan whereby FFCDC could provide the Museum with the necessary staff and support in order to help the Museum continue to maintain and expand its mission.
How will this arrangement benefit both organizations?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum’s mission has been, and will continue to be, to enhance the creative and critical thinking skills of children through the arts and humanities. Florence Fuller Child Development Center’s mission is provide a comprehensive program of education and related child development services for children of low-income families in South Florida and to promote harmony and understanding among families of all races, creeds, ethnic groups and income levels.
FFCDC sees the opportunity to work with the Museum as enhancing FFCDC’s core mission by allowing FFCDC to better help develop creative and critical thinking skills in the children FFCDC serves through the new ability to expose children to the arts and humanities integrated with history and science. At the same time, FFCDC will benefit the Museum by bringing to the Museum the resources of its professional administrative, management and development staff..
Will the Boca Raton Children’s Museum staff become employees of Florence Fuller?
No. Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and the Boca Raton Children’s Museum will remain separate legal entities and while FFCDC will provide the Museum access to FFCDC’s administrative, management and development staff, both organizations will have their own employees.
Who will run the museum?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum will retain its own 501(c)3 status and will have its own Board of Directors. The Board of Directors for the Museum, however, will be selected by the FFCDC Board of Directors. The Museum’s Board of Directors will continue to be responsible for the Museum’s governance and operations and the Museum staff will continue to run the day-to-day programming under the supervision and assistance of FFCDC.
Will the museum operate as it has in the past?
While we hope to announce in the near future about enhanced programming and expanded exhibits at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, for now the Museum will continue to operate as it has done in the past with a few minor changes in back office operations. The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has become an affiliate of Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. We intend to maintain the museum as a place for artistic programming for children and families.
What programs are currently offered at the Museum?
The Museum provides programming for children ages 0 to 18 years and their families, with a heavy emphasis on the young child. Current programs include Mommy and Me, toddler classes, permanent museum exhibits, literary events, art workshops and outreach programs. The Museum provides approximately 22 onsite educational programs a week and a “traveling museum” in which staff visit area schools and youth organizations to deliver programming.