Improving Financial Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #269 by Stacy L. Klingler and Laura B. Roberts tackles moveing beyond the topic of budgets into a discussion of long-term strategic financial management. A budget is the place to start, but to ensure financial success and stability, you also need ways to monitor your financial performance and to make sound decisions about your funds. Financial management should be a shared responsibility among the board and staff of an institution, and timely, accurate information is crucial for the judgments these groups make. For the first part of this series, “Building Better Budgets,” see Technical Leaflet #268!