An interesting piece from Arts Consulting Group, Inc., written by Susan Trapnell, Senior Advisor:
A Key Factor in Organizational Sustainability
Although many factors contribute to the health of arts and cultural organizations, an effective board is the single most important determinant of an organization’s ability to thrive, withstand adversity, and rise to new challenges. Because the board hires an organization’s professional leadership, determines expectations against which to evaluate that leadership, and has the authority to override that leadership, the Board either impels or stalls the organization’s forward momentum. No organization can rise above the limitations of its board.