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June 4, 2010

Tennessee Arts Commission Offers Board Management Resources Online

NASHVILLE - - The Tennessee Arts Commission is committed to providing services to the entire nonprofit arts community, including capacity building services such as resource directories, consultants, grants, information exchanges, professional development, workshops, and conferences. Toward that end, the Commission has posted on its Web site a comprehensive directory of resources called, Good Boards Make Good $ense. The online directory is specifically targeted for nonprofit board management.

“Many nonprofit arts organizations struggle with board management, organizational governance, board and staff conflicts, organizational apathy, financial policies, succession planning, ethics, lobbying and advocacy, and many other issues,” said Rich Boyd, the Commission’s executive director. “While no single source is able to address every concern, there are many reliable and comprehensive resources for nonprofits to secure qualified assistance in these areas.” The online directory was created by Commission staff after members of the Tennessee Arts Commission sought new ways to help strengthen the nonprofit arts infrastructure in Tennessee.

The directory includes online resources such as Blue Avocado (www.blueavocado.org), an online magazine for community nonprofits; Board Source (www.boardsource.org), a national organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors; and Governance Matters (www.governancematters.org), which provides nonprofit leaders with the resources needed to strengthen their boards.

The directory also includes Commission staff recommendations of print publications for nonprofit board management, nonprofit management agency contacts (such as Knoxville’s Nonprofit Management Center, Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management, and The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence in Memphis). A short but evolving list of consultants and peer advisors rounds out the directory.

“Our hope is that this directory will help our arts constituents quickly find resources to increase their knowledge about board development and governance,” Boyd said. “While the Commission seeks to do everything we can for the arts in Tennessee, we also try to provide ways for our constituents to help themselves. This directory is just an easy way for us to provide information in a simple, organized site.”

The new directory, part of the Commission’s Capacity Building Services, is available online: www.arts.state.tn.us/resources_board_mgmt.htm.


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