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ProfilePicFor history organizations, nonprofits, and even government agencies, it can be a big challenge to find the expertise you need to fulfill your mission, while at the same time meet regulatory standards and stakeholder demands. This is especially true when you’re faced with complex and daunting archival projects where it’s not obvious how to successfully execute the project, let alone know where to begin.

In understaffed and under resourced organizations, who’s supposed to do the work? Who has the expertise required? And where’s the budget for all of this?

Hi, I’m Rachael. And I know better than anyone how difficult it can be to find the right resources, staffing, and know-how to properly manage your collections. My mission is to empower archives, museums, historical societies, and government repositories to tackle these projects with confidence, and minimum effect on tight budgets and overwhelmed staff.

Need an expert help with preserving, organizing, digitizing, and displaying collections? Is your archival project too much to handle?

Organizations with history collections often can’t afford experienced and dedicated staff to preserve, organize, digitize, catalog, and display collections. Even when staff can’t be hired permanently, professionals can be brought in for temporary assistance. I have the expertise needed to come into any collection situation and work with the staff available to create a plan, deliver training, manage the work, and implement sustainable actions to protect, manage, digitize, and present historical artifacts.

Need funding for your project?

Because financing outside expertise can be a challenge, I can help you acquire more resources by helping you find and apply for grant opportunities that match your mission. For many organizations, grant funding is pivotal to cover the additional resources and expertise needed to get the the job done right. This is especially important if your project is bound by any specific ethical and professional standards; where cutting corners can result in a project’s failure, or worse: impact future funding, give rise to legal action, and soil an organization’s reputation.

Let’s work together! Schedule a free 60 minute consult call, to learn how I can turn your vision into a reality.

Or, feel free to connect directly at 503-922-3402, consulting@rachaelcristine.com.

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Rachael is an accomplished archivist and bound to become a leader in historic preservation for the state of Oregon. Thanks to her professional skills and active outreach to the Oregon wine community, she has been able to secure thousands of dollars in grants in support of projects for the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College. This is important to me as the main grant writer for this institution. Rachael is also a stellar colleague, always kind, supportive and collegial. I highly recommend Rachael to any organization interested in her expertise. – CJM

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The Arc/k Project went through the Get into Grants program in June & July 2018. The structure of the program necessitated the gathering of key staff as we went through the process of identifying our needs and prioritizing project ideas. The exercises and worksheets Rachael lead us through helped us to critically evaluate our project vision and allowed us an opportunity to get on the same page. Our work together during this program provided clarity on our priorities and the steps needed to reach our goals. With that foundation and a selection of identified priority projects, Rachael next taught us how to articulate project ideas in grant application terms and break them down into achievable timelines. The resources and lessons she provided are replicable, and we will definitely use them in our future grant work. With grant projects in place, Rachael additionally provided an analysis on grant and foundation opportunities that matched Arc/k’s projects and delivered sample templates for each of our project ideas. The analysis and templates identified areas where Arc/k may need to do more research or connect with partners, and she provided suggestions for next steps. Rachael was fantastic to work with, and we appreciated her clear and logical approach to preparing us for grant application. We felt supported through the whole process and now have confidence in our approach to grants.

-SP, Arc/k Project

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