Letter: Going forward, museum must be transparent
The Berkshire Museum now says it's finally looking for a financial firm that can handle all the millions of dollars that soon will be flowing into the museum's coffers.
In the spirit of transparency, the public should be given the names and backgrounds of every financial advisor or company that wants to serve as guardian for the $42 million or $55 million that will be making its way to Pittsfield. The public needs to know what criteria the trustees are using to select such a crucial advisor. The public also needs to know what connections to museum trustees or local politicians such advisors might have.
Finally, if it's true that a capital campaign is to begin after the art sales are complete, the museum needs to inform the public what monies were pledged a year or two ago, earmarked for the "New Vision," and what gifts were unencumbered. Did the museum know already how much in donations it was to receive, irrespective of the art sale? How much were these grants?
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