Help for Museum Boards

Many Oklahomans serve on museum boards of directors. The Oklahoma Museums Association offers helpful advice to board members in "Best Practices for Boards," a regular feature in the quarterly newsletter, MuseNEWS. The newsletter is a benefit of membership. OMA also offers professional development and an annual conference where board members can learn more about museum governance and network with other museum board members from across the state.

Information on nonprofit boards is available from Board Source which offers a number of helpful articles including 12 Principles of Governance.

Checklist for Accountability is a free download made possible by Independent Sector

CompassPoint offers articles of interest to non-profit board members

Blue Avacado and The Charity Channel are also useful.

To read more about board member responsibilities consider consulting the following easy-to-read and affordable publications:

Boards that Love Fundraising
by Robert Zimmerman and Ann Lehman
Workbook that provides information on board structure and its impact on raising money, describes methods nonprofits use, and shows how to recruit board members who can help with fundraising.

Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations - Third Edition
by John Carver and Alan Shrader
John Carver's groundbreaking Policy Governance model has influenced the way public and nonprofit boards operate around the world. Now, as widespread experience with the model accumulates, Carver enriches his definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards.

Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
by Andrew S. Lang
Provide your board members with an understanding of their financial responsibilities including an overview of financial oversight and ways to ensure against risk. Written in non-technical language, this book will help your board understand financial planning, the IRS Form 990 and the audit process. Also included are financial board and staff job descriptions and charts on all the financial documents and reports, including due dates and filing procedures.

Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
by James M. Greenfield
Discover why fundraising is important and why board members should be involved. Included are practical suggestions for board members in direction, planning and oversight of fundraising. Help your board succeed in the three phases of fundraising - cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Getting the Best from Your Board: An Executive's Guide to a Successful Partnership
by Sherrill K. Williams and Kathleen A. McGinnis
For the chief executive, a successful board partnership involves working for, working with, and working the board, some times taking more of the chief executive's time than anticipated. This guide offers practical tips and perspectives to help chief executives ignite the partnership and help board performance move from ordinary to extraordinary making the investment worth it.

Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards
by Richard P. Chait Ph.D., William P. Ryan Ph.D., and Barbara E. Taylor
This book redefines nonprofit governance and provides a powerful framework for a new convenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement.

Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
by Bruce R. Hopkins
All board members should understand their legal responsibilities, including when and how they can be held personally liable and what type of oversight they should provide. Discover the essential information that board members should know to protect themselves and their organization. Written in non-technical language, this booklet provides legal concepts and definitions as well as a detailed discussion on ethics.

Leadership Roles in Nonprofit Governance
by Robert L. Gale
Strong nonprofit board leadership is important to the success of your organization. This booklet clarifies the difference in the roles of the chief executive and board chair and provides suggestions for how this partnership can be strengthened. Discover how this leadership can effectively work with the governance committee to facilitate board development. Don't miss the sample job descriptions and a discussion on "What Keeps the President Awake at Night."

Of Mutual Respect and Other Things: Thoughts on Museum Trusteeship
by Helmuth J. Naumer
A provocative, timely essay probing issues of museum trusteeship that will stimulate thoughtful discussion and analysis of trustee responsibilities.

Structures and Practices on Nonprofit Boards
by Charles F. Dambach
Looking for ways to improve efficiency? Help your board members keep long-term goals and board development at the forefront of their work. Included are practical guidelines on structural issues, such as running meetings, committee structure, size of the board and term limits. Improve the way that your board works by increasing flexibility and improving interpersonal relationships.

Taming the Troublesome Board Member
by Katha Kissman
Addressing troubling behavior in a timely manner can make the difference between troubling and troublesome. Organized as a reference guide, Taming the Troublesome Board Member lays out a blueprint for avoiding and resolving the challenge of disruptive board members.

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
by Richard T. Ingram
This newly revised edition explores the ten core areas of board responsibility including determining mission and purpose, ensuring effective planning and participating in fundraising. This is an ideal reference for drafting board job descriptions, assessing board performance and orienting board members on their responsibilities. This affordable booklet also has a list of individual board member's responsibilities.

The Board Building Cycle, Second Edition: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members
by Berit M. Lakey Ph.D. Good boards do not just happen: they take care, thought, and planning. The second edition of this must-have, best seller features nine steps for your board to follow through the board development process.

The Five Life Stages of NonProfit Organizations: Where You Are, Where You're Going, and What to Expect when You Get There
by Judith Sharken Simon with J. Terence Donovan
The life stage model is a powerful tool for understanding objectively your organization's current status and preparing to move it ahead to the future. The guide will help you to put problems into context, effectively manage transitions from one stage to the next, keep your organization on track and watch for warning signs of decline.

The Ultimate Board Member's Book: A 1-Hour Guide to Understanding and Fulfilling Your Role and Responsibilites
by Kay Sprinkel Grace
A book for the entire board with covering how boards work, meetings, development and fundraising, and working with staff.

Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements
by Steven Berger CPA
In these tough economic times it is important that board members not only understand the organization's financial statements but also ensure that adequate resources are available and effectively managed. The newly revised and expanded edition of this best-selling title includes key accounting terms and concepts, important benchmarking ratios and sample nonprofit financial statements with explanations. Author Steven Berger's no-nonsense explanations are helpful for board members, treasurers, finance committee members and staff who prepare financial information for the board.

Wilder NonProfit Field Guide to Crafting Effective Mission and Vision Statements
by Emil Angelica
Organizations without clearly defined and agreed-to mission and vision statements often find themselves adrift at sea, in real financial trouble, and unable to make an ongoing, positive impact on the community. But an effective mission and vision statement can help an organization unify services and create a consistent approach to new program development; present funders with cohesive, focused proposals; and make solid decisions based on successful collaboration within and outside of your organization. This book will help your organization create or revise mission and vision statements that bring focus and direction to your work.