FAQ

Who can qualify to be a board member?

The not for profit community seeks business professionals with management skills and experience, plus a commitment to community involvement. No previous board experience, social connections or personal wealth is required.

How does the Business On Board program work?

It's a hands-on training experience, including sessions with community leaders from business and cultural organizations. At the end of the program, we’ll work with you to place you on a board of directors, finding a great fit of interests and skills.

Why is there a shortage of board members for the arts, and why are the arts important?

The Boston area is the fastest-growing center for arts and culture in the nation, with 640 non-profit organizations inside Route 128! The total creative community in the region supports 245,000 jobs and generates nearly $4 billion dollars to the economy, which is more than both the software and medical technology industries.*

Who runs Business On Board?

Business On Board is run by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC/Boston) and is one of the only programs in Massachusetts that specializes in training and placing business professionals on boards of non-profit arts and cultural organizations. Among its many activities, A&BC/Boston serves as the arts and cultural liaison for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

How long does Board training take?

We offer different training programs. We will be offering our 1-day session in Spring 2011. This program will be a full-day starting at 7:45 – 5:00. Lunch will be included. Contact Alison Godburn at alison@artsandbusiness.org for more information.

What do the training sessions cover?

The program provides thorough and rich training, with small classes to promote more effective learning. Sample topics include: the difference between for-and not-for-profit organizations, board governance, fiduciary responsibility of boards, fundraising and financial management of a non-profit organization, strategic planning, marketing and audience development, and board dynamics.

Is the program free?

Because this is a serious training program, one of the best of its kind in the country, there is a fee. Many companies underwrite the cost because of the obvious value to the individual, the company, and the community relations that the program builds.

*Data from www.nefa.org

For more information on BOB please contact:

Jim Grace
Executive Director
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Jim@artsandbusinesscouncil.org
617-350-7600 x 7010