Annual Meeting Report, October 24, 2015
Development and Membership—Eshel Kreiter
Trustees, members, and other donors have given generously during this fiscal year. The Society received gifts totaling more than $1 million, split almost evenly between restricted and non-restricted/temporary restricted use.
Gifts to the Campaign to Endow the Chair of the Executive Director raised a large percentage of the restricted funds, bringing in $453,700. This is nearly 40% of the $1,158,700 pledged during phase one of the campaign (which primarily entailed the solicitation of board members) and is a great start to the five-year effort. Phase two, which includes reaching out to our general membership, will begin soon. We will also begin to develop plans for the auction phase of the campaign. Currently we have auction donations from two members with an estimated value of approximately $144,000.
Members are the mainstay of the Society, and their unceasing support is extremely important to the success and longevity of the organization. Without the revenue received from membership dues, donations, and other gifts, the ANS would be incapable of maintaining, let alone initiating, the many projects it undertakes every year. In fiscal 2015, members contributed approximately $460,000 through donations and dues. Among much else, this money supports our publications program, our ongoing research and education projects, the digitization of the ANS collection and library holdings, and other online projects. At the outset, then, we once again must thank you for your generous and continued commitment to the Society.
Membership renewals and enrollment have again run strongly throughout fiscal 2015. As of September 30, the end of our fiscal year, we had 1,346 active members. However, since annual membership runs on the calendar year rather than the fiscal year, renewals for 2015 will continue to come in through the end of December. Accordingly, over the next two months, we expect that will maintain our membership numbers and reach at least the same totals for 2015 as we did last year. Of course, we would like to see an increase. If you have not yet renewed, please do so. If you have colleagues who might be interested in joining the ANS, we would be happy to speak with them.
Social Media/Coin of the Week
Engagement with members—and, importantly, potential members—remains a priority, and our efforts to do so through social media continue to grow and garner an active audience. Our “Coin of the Week” offering via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram has proven to be a relatively simple and inexpensive way to promote highlights of the Society’s collection and increase its access to the general public.
As an example, on October 4, 2014, we had 2,157 Facebook “likes;” on October 4, 2015 we had 3,251.
As an anecdotal point of interest, three Coin of the Week posts in the past year did exceedingly well compared with others:
1 - June 26, 2015, featuring a coin with the Roman emperor Julian, reached 4,469 people with 170 likes, comments & shares.
2 - June 10, 2015, featuring the death of Alexander the Great, reached 3,890 people with 242 likes, comments & shares.
3 - January 29, 2015, featuring the Roman emperor Trajan, reached 2,630 people with 192 likes, comments & shares.
Augustus B. Sage Society
Included in the numbers reported above is revenue in the form of dues from the Sage Society, open to members donating $2,500 annually. Currently there are 38 active Sage members, who have contributed $95,000 in dues, with another $10,000 expected from 4 members who have not yet renewed. We are happy to report that, included in this number, is the addition of two new Sage Society members this year. Sadly, though, we lost one long-term devoted Trustee and Sage member, Dr. Lawrence Adams, who died earlier this year.
ABSS Trip 2015 – Sicily
One of the special perks of being a member of the Sage Society is the annual Sage trip. In September 2015 members of the Sage Society had the opportunity to travel to Sicily where they visited archaeological sites, churches and museums and an important coin cabinet. This was the seventh annual Sage Society trip, an event that has become one of the highlights of the ANS calendar. You will be able to read more about the trip in an upcoming issue of the ANS Magazine.
These trips are open to Sage Society members only. If you are interested in joining this select group, please contact us. Sage membership is a great way to increase your annual support of the ANS.
The 2015 Annual Gala, held last January 8, 2015, honored steadfast donors Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott. Despite terrible weather and a raging, widespread flu that diminished attendance by 20%, an enthusiastic crowd still turned out to pay tribute to this generous couple and enjoy the company of so many of the Society’s supporters and friends.
Many of those who attend the Gala look forward tremendously to this yearly event, since it allows them the opportunity to socialize with far-flung colleagues. No doubt they will again be at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January 7 for our 2016 Gala, when, we are delighted to report, Regina and John Adams will be this year’s recipients of the Trustees’ Award. Mr. Adams is enthusiastic about this upcoming occasion and has already invited many of his friends and family. We have in turn promised him that we will make sure it is an evening to be remembered.
Per Mr. Adams’ specific request, we will continue to include music and dancing. This year, however, the cocktail hour and dinner service will be held in the same room and will feature a buffet-style dinner. We will retain the traditional tables and seating, but with a variety of table sizes and without direct table service. The food will also be more diverse, with many more selections. The buffet-style dinner will encourage socialization among guests.
In addition to the Trustees’ Award, at the 2016 Gala the ANS will present the Distinguished Service Award to ANS Life Member and Fellow Kenneth E. Bressett and the 2015 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic writing to Dr. Ursula Kampmann.
Invitations to the Gala are in the mail. You can also reserve your tickets online at (http://numismatics.org/NewsEvents/Gala2016) or by calling Catherine DiTuri at ext. 117.
The ANS is fortunate to have an unusually dedicated group of trustees, donors, and members, and their generosity was amply demonstrated once again in the fiscal year just ended. Many thanks to all of you who have offered your steadfast support of this enduring institution.