Typically, a museumís governance is entrusted to an independent board of trustees, which must exact the museumís mission and shoulder the institutionís legal, fiscal, and ethical responsibilities. To strengthen boards of trustees in Mid-America's six-state region, a Hands-on Experiential Learning Project that focuses on nonprofit governance practices was launched: HELP Governance. HELP Governance includes training that centers on assessing and improving:
This project was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS), a federal agency, and support for a coalition of state arts agencies, museum providers, and funders. To learn more about HELP Governance training and program sponsors within the states in Mid-America's service region, please visit the state pages below:
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"Our participation in HELP Governance has had a profound effect on our gallery and our community. From the outset, it was avery unique project working at the grass roots level to help galleries and museums - not just in major cities but in all the outlying towns and communities - grow, expand, and flourish." - HELP Museum Participant