Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, has retained Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. (GSI) as counsel for a major fundraising campaign.  Among the museum's objectives as it approaches its Centennial in 2014 is doubling the organization's general endowment, which currently totals $10 million.

The Montclair Art Museum, along with its Yard School of Art, engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.  The Museum was one of the first in the country to be primarily engaged in collecting American art (including the work of contemporary, nonacademic artists) and among the first dedicated to the study and creation of a significant ethnographic art collection.

"We are proud and honored to be partners with Montclair Art Museum in this challenging fund raising effort," said Mary Ann Winters, Senior Vice President of Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc.  "The Museum is one of our most distinguished cultural settings, and we share its leadership's enthusiasm as they prepare for a campaign effort that will help preserve and enhance this eminent organization." 

The Museum's collection includes over 12,000 works. The American collection comprises paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture dating from the 18th century to the present, and features excellent works by Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, George Inness, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as younger and emerging artists such as Louise Lawler, Chakaia Booker, Whitfield Lovell, and Willie Cole. 
In addition, the Museum's extensive education programs serve a wide public and, often in collaboration with cultural and community partners, bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

"To ensure the Museum's collections are accessible to future generations, the time has come for us to ask the communities we serve for their generous philanthropic support," said Lora Urbanelli, the Museum's Executive Director. "We will soon be entering our second century of operations here in Montclair, and have never believed more strongly in the mission and vision of our museum. A successful campaign through the philanthropic partnerships with our friends and family will provide the bright future for which we all strive."

Headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey, GSI is a full service philanthropic consulting firm,
specializing in planning and conducting capital campaigns. Since 1989, Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. has partnered with thousands of non-profit organizations in raising more than $7 billion with an additional $660 million in progress.


Laura Gingras

In January of 2007, GSI presented the results of a campaign planning study for Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) in Peterborough, New Hampshire, which determined that MCH had the upside potential to raise $8.6 million - or more than three times what the Hospital had ever raised before. Laura Gingras, MCH`s Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations, was ecstatic!

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