Mar 25, 2010

Commission on the National Museum of the American Latino Awards Contract for Fundraising Feasibility Study

Washington, DC – Chairman Henry R. Muñoz III announced today that the Commission on the National Museum of the American Latino (Commission) awarded a contract to a Washington, DC consulting team to prepare a fundraising feasibility study. The Commission was established by Congress with the task of preparing a report on the feasibility of and a plan for a National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, DC. Among the issues under study is the fundraising capacity for such a project.

Argus International, Inc., a nationally respected Hispanic woman-owned company, has teamed with Bentz Whaley Flessner, a well-established philanthropic consulting firm; both are based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The team was selected based on its expertise and experience after a broad national search and competitive preview process. The consulting team will determine the capacity and develop a strategy for raising the nonfederal portions of the funds that would be needed for the construction and long-term sustainable operation of a national museum.

Chairman Muñoz stated, “"We are pleased Argus International and Bentz Whaley Flessner will join the rest of the excellent consultants to ensure that the Commission will deliver a comprehensive, high quality report to Congress later this year." Other contractors were previously hired to provide services in the areas of public engagement, collections and programs planning, governance planning, and assessment of potential sites. The 23 members of the Commission were appointed by President Bush and President Obama and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The Commission has established a deadline of September 2010 to deliver its final report to the President and Congress.

Contact: Dennis Vasquez, 202.208.7468

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