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Museum Trustee Association

The Network for Informing, Advising, and Inspiring Museum Trustees

aka MTA   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.museumtrustee.org

Mission

MTA enhances the effectiveness of museums by advancing the trustee-director partnership and developing the governance skills of current and future trustees and staff. We engage the museum community and the public on the vital role that boards play in the educational missions and sustainability of museums. Our Goals: To provide programs and services that support museum trustees in their roles and to provide forums for them to exchange ideas and information on matters of common concern throughout the United States and the Americas. ​

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

Anne M. Lampe

Main address

211 E. Lombard St. Suite 179

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

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EIN

22-2710588

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are nearly 75,000 museum trustees in the United States; they set policy, ensure funding and oversee the management of their institutions, and in many cases are almost entirely untrained. The moral and legal obligations of museum trustees are complex, and in many respects, unique to the museum world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Friday Forums

Twice-yearly convenings where local and regional Museum Trustees and Directors meet to network and discuss timely topics in the museum field.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Twice-yearly half day workshops for museum Directors and Board Chairs to take an in-depth look at this important relationship. Workshops are open only to current Directors and Chairs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

​T​emplates for Trustees is a four-part series designed by the Museum Trustee Association to focus attention on key processes and tasks of governance. The books and web-based customizable templates include tools that collect information and then guide the board in using that information to organize their thoughts, identify their priorities, and plan their actions. All templates in the series have two parts: a printed guide and an online website. Purchasers of the books have access to the ongoing assistance of MTA staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our online resources include: Tips for Trustees blog (updated monthly), News page, and member-only Resource Library.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members include: institutional members, friend members, and patron members.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Friday Forums

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers show attendance at events. 2020 events were virtual. In-person resumed fall 2021.Forums became twice-yearly starting 2012. The Director/Chairman Workshop was added in the second half of 2017.

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Convenings include our one-day Director/Chairman Workshops (starting in 2017) and Friday Forums. Convenings are held twice-yearly in two different locations.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MTA seeks to inform, advise, and inspire museum trustees.

MTA provides ongoing board education programs, services and resources. Our in person workshops and forums, Templates for Trustees series, member resource library, and online resources such as our News page and Tips for Trustees blog keep trustees informed and provide them with resources to set and accomplish goals.

MTA is governed by an elected Board of Directors chosen to represent diverse regions of the United States, Canada and Mexico, a variety of museum disciplines and sizes, and wide-ranging areas of expertise in trusteeship. All are current or former museum trustees and serve on the MTA board without pay; several are founders of the Association. Our board leaders offer MTA members a broad-based perspective on new initiatives, current issues and best governance practices in the museum field.​

The Association was formed in 1971 as a committee of the American Association of Museums (now known as the American Alliance of Museums). Time revealed that the differences of focus, responsibility and interest between museum professionals and volunteer boards of directors would be better served by a separate non-profit organization. The Museum Trustee Association was formed in 1986 and received its federal IRS 501(c)(3) status in 1991.

MTA membership consists of nearly 90 institutional members and 60 individual members. Our twice-yearly Workshop serves about 40 trustees at each event, and our twice-yearly Forum serves about 90 trustees at each event. Regional variation of event sites ensures that a wide range of trustees can benefit from MTA programming.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Museum Trustee Association

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William R. Peelle Jr.

Richard J. Kelly

Andrew L. Camden

Murray Tarnapoll

Katherine Duff Rines

Margaret Benjamin

Leland Peterson

Georgina Russo

Janis B. Wetsman

William R. Peelle Jr.

Barron Collier

Bruce Eldredge

George Johnson

Courtenay McGowen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes