International Foundation
for Cultural Property Protection

  • July 11, 2017 10:58 AM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)


    IFCPP is very pleased to continue the leadership training series that our esteemed Advisor, Steve Woolley of 98-2 Enterprises, has been presenting for the last few years.  This year’s segment includes more of the leading information on the subject, from Mr. Woolley and other nationally recognized experts…


    In our last note about the “Job to Be Done”, we were invited to explore our:

    • Roles
    • Contribution Statements to those Roles
    • Connection of our Activities/Actions to solid related behaviors and the Objectives of our Job.

    The next logical challenge, if the above mentioned 3 are solidly set….is how to stay focused in what Chris McChesney and other co-authors call “The Whirlwind” in the book “The Four Disciplines of Execution”.

    It is almost predictable that the “Law of Opposition” gets in the way of the “Law of Opportunity”. This on going challenge requiring us to keep our eye on the ball…

    Research from many sources report that managed outcomes of the “Job To Be Done” come from…

    • Keeping our Contribution relevant…real.
    • Measuring…but…Measuring What Matters Most
    • Discipline to Objectives/Goals (Say..Do)
    • Seeking Feedback (seeing things as they really are)
    • Courage to change as needed

    So here’s the our challenge…

    As Bob Hawke says, “The Things which are most important, don’t always scream the loudest.”

    • Are we listening?
    • What do we hear?
    • What will we do…Really?

    Stay tuned for more pre-conference session updates, and don’t miss this important session at Yale in September!

  • July 11, 2017 10:53 AM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

    Hello and happy summer! In addition to gearing up for the 2017 Annual Conference in September, the IFCPP team has begun actively implementing internal upgrades to create a better program for our valued members. You may have noticed a change in the weekly newsletter to a bi-monthly format; this allows us more time to craft robust news you might find useful. Additionally, we are ramping up our social media presence with the goal of alerting more potential members to the benefits of IFCPP membership. If you don’t already follow us on Facebook and Twitter, please do, and feel free to share our posts with your teams. Remember, if you have news of note, let us know-we’re always happy to share with our followers as well. Until next time, stay cool and be safe! 

    Thanks very much, Renee Albiston

  • July 11, 2017 10:42 AM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

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  • June 20, 2017 4:06 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

    The IFCPP is pleased to introduce Renée Albiston as the foundation’s Strategic Development Partner. Renée will work with the IFCPP team to improve and elevate the foundation’s visibility, educational offerings, membership development, and internal operations.

    Renée brings over 20 years of combined professional and academic experience, and has partnered with various cultural institutions such as the Monuments Men Foundation, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. She also brings an understanding around auction house policies, art investment strategies, and non-profit grant procurement.

    Renée has spent nearly 10 years studying, researching, and writing on looted art restitution issues. She earned her BA in Art History and History, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a focus on cultural protection during times of military conflict. She is currently a graduate candidate in the University of Colorado’s Master of Humanities program with a specialization in art law and policy as it pertains to cultural property protection. Her graduate project entails the creation of an online learning tool for professional development on looted art identification in for-profit and non-profit settings. She believes understanding and incorporating nationally recognized best-practice recommendations on the front-end of the object intake process can serve as a preventative measure for litigation around contested ownership claims.

    Renée is an active member of the American Alliance of Museums and the College Art Association, has established relationships with organizations focused on looted art issues, and is heavily involved in Denver’s robust cultural scene. She looks forward to working with the IFCPP team while strengthening relationships with current and new IFCPP members, and the cultural property protection community as a whole.

  • June 20, 2017 4:04 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

    Not-to-be-missed!  IFCPP is very pleased to be partnering again with the Association of Midwest Museums, and presenting at this year’s AMM conference in Des Moines…

    Protection Planning 101

    Learn how to put together a protection plan that takes advantage of cost-effective strategies, current technology and low-cost or NO-cost training, regardless of the size of the institution or budget. Includes a copy of "Safeguarding Cultural Properties: Security for Museums, Libraries, Parks, and Zoos" by Stevan P. Layne, CPP, CIPM, CIPI

    Hosted by the Association of Midwest Museums "Strong Roots & Thriving Communities" Conference in Des Moines, IA

    Cost: $95

    Discounts available for multiple registrations - contact us for details!

    Register through IFCPP at: or through AMM at:

  • June 20, 2017 4:03 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

    Only two days left to take advantage of significant correspondence training and certification course discounts, as well as substantial membership discounts:

    40% off of CIPS DVDs, as well as 2-for-1 discounts for online CIPS and CIPM certification courses!

    Register for the IFCPP-Yale conference by June 30 and receive a free copy of Safeguarding Cultural Properties, our feature publication!  Register at: and shoot us an email that you’d like to take advantage of the offer.

    Renew your membership by the end of the month and receive a 6-month extension!  Just log-in to the IFCPP, click on your profile link, and renew (including early renewal, before your regular renewal date).  Then send a quick email to with “renew me now” in the subject line.  We’ll confirm your request and extend your member term on the back end of the system. 

    Upgrade your Individual or Trial membership to an Institutional membership and receive a free copy of Safeguarding Cultural Properties!

  • June 20, 2017 4:01 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)


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  • June 20, 2017 3:54 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)


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  • June 15, 2017 2:25 PM | Rob Layne (Administrator)

    by Joan Baldwin

    [re-posted from the Northern States Conservation Center Collections Caretaker eNewsletter]

    The other day a colleague sent me an email. It contained a photograph of a group of blue ribbons on a table. Each ribbon said, "I Survived Another Meeting that Should Have Been an Email." I suspect my colleague and I are not the only people who see meeting announcements on Google calendar and are gripped with dread. Why? Because too often they're not actual meetings but opportunities to pontificate. People prattle on, they dominate, they wander down intellectual rat holes dazzled at their own verbal skills while the rest of the group languishes, twitches, or gazes out the window. Why? Because no one is listening, they're waiting to speak and there is a difference.

    One of the leaders we interviewed for Leadership Matters told us a story. She was new to the field and new to her job as the director of an active historical organization. After a board meeting, a trustee pulled her aside. His advice? Shut up. Just listen. Really listen. Too many leaders, directors and department heads think the appearance of listening passes for the act itself. But it doesn't and even someone with lame facial recognition skills can recognize attention versus inattention. Being on the receiving end of an inattentive colleague makes some people angry. They would rather skip the interaction and send an email. At least then there is a record of what they said. Inattention leaves others feeling erased as if what they have to offer doesn't really matter. Real listening means your thoughts actually respond to mine. You say things like picking up on what Joan just said, I believe......We build something as we toss ideas back and forth. We engage. We acknowledge each other's skills.

    Why does all this matter if you're a leader as opposed to being a member of a department or staff? Well, skilled leadership inspires trust. Trust is earned any number of ways, but one way is by making an employee, a team member or a direct report feel valued. People who are never heard don't feel valued. They feel dissed. They feel their time is wasted. 

    Today, in the age of distraction, there are very few of us who aren't guilty of poor listening. Bad enough that our egos and our thoughts can distract us so magnificently. Now we have email, Snapchat, Googlechat, Twitter and so much more.  So the next time you enter a room ready to lead a meeting for a group of overworked, overtired employees, try this: Ask everyone to turn off all their phones and close their laptops. Have them put both feet on the floor, hands on the table, and close their eyes. Wait 30 seconds. Then ask them to open their eyes. Start by asking the person on your left to "check-in," meaning one or two sentences about how they are. (Another variation of this is Outward Bound's check-in which involves telling the group one good thing or one bad thing about the day.) Both these activities require a slowing down, a focus on colleagues, and on who they are as people, not just their to-do lists. If your staff is given to too much information in check-ins, try asking everyone to close their eyes again. Ask them to start to repeat the alphabet, one person to each letter. If two people speak at the same time, the group needs to begin again. If the group really listens, they ought to be able to reach M or N.

    Have fun. Let's dedicate the next week to listening attentively and see what happens.

    Reprinted with permission from Leadership Matters  Posted:  March 11, 2015

    Thoughts on 21st Century museum leadership by Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin

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  • June 08, 2017 12:55 PM | Rob Layne (Administrator)

    By Bill Anderson, Art Guard

    Lending by private collectors has always been a vital component of the museum and gallery market. It serves the borrowing institution by expanding its reputation in a specific area or style or by broadening its scope of scholarship. Bigger crowds, increased patronage and a spotlight on their capabilities are desirable outcomes. For lenders, the advantages may be several-fold, including attention, if sought, and tax advantages. Or the new venue may simply be a place to park a piece of art vs. paying for storage.

    Given the current climate for museums, borrowing may be on the rise, and not just among Kunsthalles. According to Eli Broad, borrowing, rather than owning, could be the future for museums, given the high cost of buying, storing and insuring art these days. “We’re going to bear the burden of insurance, we’re going to bear the burden of conservation,” he said. Lenders should not make any assumptions about a loan arrangement. They should work with a lawyer specializing in art law to ensure that all the proper steps are taken to safely transport art to and from the borrower and protect it while it is in another’s care.   Yet there are gaps, and assumptions continue to be made, particularly when the duration of the loan is short, which may cause both parties to be less rigorous. Currently, it is not unusual for standard loan documents from the borrower to outline protections in as ambiguous a manner as possible. The terms are, not surprisingly, brief in addressing topics like protection from theft while the work is on the borrower’s premises. Museums, particularly those with budget constraints, will apply their own standards for protection, which may not be sufficient or equal in degree to satisfy the lender’s unwritten criteria. Common language guarantees “…exercising the same care in respect to the works that it does in the safekeeping of comparable property of its own”, should be cold comfort to a lender. Today, we are far short of the point when theft, whether from the outside or within, is no longer an issue. In fact, with the expansion of the market and continuously rising prices, a greater threat of theft is inevitable. Nor should lenders depend on insurers to cover all contingencies, like theft, water damage, etc. Insurers are increasingly constrained by the concurrent rising cost of coverage in a highly competitive market. Standard language regarding a state-of-the-art level of protection from any possible occurrence should be a part of any complete loan document. These terms would require very little additional legwork by lawyers to set an acceptable threshold. Lenders should become more active in ensuring that their work is safe by applying greater scrutiny to existing loan agreements. The borrowers that take extra steps to ensure proper anti-theft protection will maintain their reputations as showcases for loaned work. Higher standards for lending and borrowing will ultimately benefit the entire market.

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