Many board members, especially, think of a fundraiser as an alchemist, turning nice lunches into gold. While this lack of understanding provides job security for the fundraiser, both skilled and unskilled, it is terribly dangerous for our field.
Board members of arts organization who remember their missions. Arts leaders who focus on training the next generation of arts leaders. Political leaders to remember that almost 6 million Americans are employed in the arts...
When corporate executives become leaders of arts organizations, they must truly appreciate this difference in mission or they will come into severe conflict with their artists, staff and board members.
I have nothing against boards taking time to meet together in a remote location to discuss key issues and to allow for socializing. But I do not think that a retreat is the appropriate place to write a plan. Why?