What we do.

Jan McKay & Associates provides creative consulting and outsourcing solutions for a tapestry of issues facing nonprofit museums and cultural organizations.

We assist with strategic thinking to find solutions in the areas of:
organizational assessment and strategic planning, development, community relations and marketing, interpretive planning and implementation, preservation, educational and public programming, and more. Outcomes combine best practices with creative, new ideas.

These multidimensional solutions help organizations carry on their missions and flow into the work of many departments — creating synergistic success for our clients.

Jan McKay & Associates offers excellent customer service, affordable pricing set for a difficult economy and dedicated involvement from highly experienced professionals in the field.

We provide the “right-sized” help for your
organization’s needs.

How we do it.

Jan McKay works with a cadre of professional Associates. Their cumulative, real-world experience with museums, historic sites, arts organizations, parks and gardens, living history sites, theatre and informal learning environments brings a deep reservoir of knowledge and understanding to your organization’s needs.

At all times Jan McKay & Associates keeps the organization’s mission and “brand” in the forefront of planning and discussions, working with clients to find solutions that serve their current and future audiences and work to strengthen the implementation of their missions. Ideally, these solutions will also offer fodder for media coverage, donor cultivation, strengthened stakeholder involvement, and improved attendance.




How We Can Help

In “this economy” organizations are being challenged like never before.

  • How can your organization assess and meet today’s challenges?
  • What plans do you need?
  • What should be done?
  • What are the priorities? Where do you need help?

Advantages of Jan McKay & Associates:

There are many professional consultants and businesses offering quality services. Some have been consulting for years and have impressive track records with scores of museums, cultural organizations and nonprofits as clients. They provide excellent customer service and offer solid recommendations and plans for their clients. We do the same.

Jan McKay & Associates may have some advantages:

  1. We’re new… with recent, real-world experience.
    We understand what you’ve been going through.
    We’re cost effective.
  2. When we start a project, we first evaluate your needs and the scope of the project. All organizations have their own culture, history and challenges. We understand. We’ve been there. We then choose the most appropriate Associates for your organization’s needs. (See our Pledge) This means we don’t automatically take pre selected employees. You get a custom group of professionals tackling the project, together with your organization, to create a custom solution.
  3. We work WITH you, our client. YOU are the experts on your organization. Our recommendations come after solid listening, dialogue, and a lively exchange of ideas.
  4. Jan McKay & Associates’ approach has an external focus. It is not just enough if the solution pleases the board, staff or volunteers. Solutions will have positive ramifications in building and enhancing your organization’s reputation and image to niche constituencies, and in a perfect world, to the donor and the “public.”
  5. Jan McKay & Associates respects best practices in our industry, but we recognize that in an ever changing landscape, best practices change into better practices with fresh thinking. The blend of Associates and their unique talents will bring some fresh perspectives.
  6. Don’t expect rehashed solutions from past clients, which could happen… There are plenty of fantastic consultants out there, so investigate. Just know that we make a pledge to you.
  7. Dogmatic recommendations don’t live here. One advantage of hiring Jan McKay & Associates is that we bring objectivity and respect to our clients.
  8. We help our clients see the forest from the trees…and that the trees are often different colors…and that sometimes the tree is not a tree!

Our Pledge

In dedication to providing clients with high quality, ethical service, we pledge to:

  • Agree with clients in advance on the objectives, scope, approach, and time frame for the proposed engagement;
  • Agree with clients in advance on the basis for fees and expenses and to charge fees and expenses that are reasonable, legitimate and commensurate with the services delivered and the responsibility accepted;
  • Discuss potential conflicts of interest with clients prior to engaging in work with them and as they arise during the course of an assignment;
  • Clarify roles, issues of confidentiality, and ethics where there are multi-party engagements;
  • Accept only engagements for which associates are qualified by relevant experience and competence;
  • Protect our clients’ welfare and interests; short-term and long-term.
  • Show sensitivity and regard for clients’ feelings, ideals, and expectations;
  • Be truthful and forthright with clients concerning observations and recommendations;
  • Keep client information confidential both during and after the contractual period;
  • Respect the materials and methods developed by clients and other consultants;
  • Work together in a collegial way; find some fun along the way;
  • Render services in an ethical and honest manner.

From planning to social media, from marketing to fund development and public engagement, from exhibition planning to publishing – we would like to help. See the Pledge we make to our clients.


Read Our Pledge



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