Arts Boards Struggle with Changing Roles

Recent criticism of Smithsonian mismanagement and corruption has come to haunt its Board of Regents. But ineffective governance by the board of a nonprofit organization is not a problem unique to the Smithsonian.

As arts and cultural nonprofits around the country grow and change, so too do the responsibilities of their boards, often made up of well-heeled fundraisers.

Correction Aug. 24, 2007

The co-editor of "The Art of Governance," quoted in the archived audio for this story, is misidentified. Her name is Jaan Whitehead.

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