05/13/2010 04:00 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Are These New York's Most Sought After Museum Board Members?

These people are part of a coveted group whose bank accounts, family pedigrees, social networks and art collections have put them in play for board spots at New York's major cultural institutions. To woo them, directors and trustees rely on an array of techniques.

The official protocol involves vetting candidates and rating them on criteria including interest, social standing, affiliations, skill sets and "capacity"--the preferred euphemism for "cash."