Support NDSC Mission and Objectives

The National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC), is the only national docent organization providing a platform for docents and guides for education and exchange of ideas since the first docent symposium in 1981, which has continued to the present. The NDSC website, the National Docents Forum Facebook group, and Regional Roundtable zoom conversations enable continuous collaboration. The 2017 revision of the Docent Handbook published by the NDSC is a respected education resource and reference for docents and guides at all types and sizes of cultural institutions. A 2022 publication, Tours for Children and Teens, builds on the principal of the Handbook and provides real-world examples and expert ideas and techniques.

The NDSC Council consists of docent/guide leadership from across the United States and Canada who work voluntarily toward the NDSC mission to promote continuous improvement in docent and guide practice.

Your gift is tax-deductible (US taxpayers) to the extent allowable by law and supports the NDSC ongoing and future efforts on behalf of ALL docents and guides.

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Support NDSC Education Grants

The NDSC Education Grants are awarded to first time attendees of the National Docent Symposium to cover the registration fee. By awarding the grants, the Council promotes symposium attendance by docents/guides who might not otherwise be able to attend, and seeks to broaden and diversify the number of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions that will send docents/guides to future symposia. Read the 2022 recipient personal statements here.

Your gift is fully tax-deductible (US taxpayers) to the extent allowable by law and supports the continuing education of docents/guides. You may choose to honor or commemorate docents/guides or other persons with your donation. With donor’s approval we will acknowledge all major donations on our website.

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Giving Tuesday

Your National Docent Symposium Council is participating in GIVING TUESDAY

November 28, 2023

Creating opportunities for docents and guides to learn, share and connect

Join us in celebrating and supporting the docent and guide community!

We are privileged to have supported the docent and guide community for the past four decades. You can help us continue to be a go-to resource for new ideas, continuing education and peer exchange. As a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization, every dollar you give goes towards sustaining and expanding our programs.

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