Posts tagged to 'Board leadership'

Five essential practices to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at your family foundation

Posted by Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on February 16, 2016

Last October, we had the pleasure of hosting a conversation with a group of ten family foundations attending the National Forum on Family Philanthropy in Seattle. The session was focused on how foundation leaders can begin to address the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with your staff and trustees. Through storytelling about successes, and a discussion about mistakes and anxieties related to DEI, the group identified five essential practices any family foundation should consider to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Good governance: How should family foundation boards spend their time?

Posted by Phillip Henderson on February 9, 2016

Checks landing in the mailboxes of nonprofit organizations with foundation return ad-dresses have long been considered philanthropy’s most important currency. Reflecting that view, family foundations have tended to focus their operations, self-image, and their very reasons for being on getting the dollars out the door...Lurking behind that 90 percent, though, is another story—it’s the natural tendency to conflate family governance of a foundation and strategic control of its mission with control of the grantmaking function.

Should we have ex officio members on our board committees?

Posted by Karen Green on February 7, 2016

Our current bylaws state, "The President shall be an ex-officio voting member of all committees." Is this typical or unusual? Is it best practice for a Board Chair and/or President to be an ex officio member of all of a foundation's committees? If so, is this person typically a voting or non-voting...

Adding non-family board members: Q&A with Penelope McPhee of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 2, 2016

When the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation added four non-family members to its board, it wanted to bring new perspectives into its meetings, while also promoting the integrity and values of the family and the foundation.

How does the role of a family foundation chair differ from that of other non-profit entities?

Posted by Alice Buhl , Kelly Sweeney McShane and Virginia Esposito on April 22, 2015

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our April webinar, The critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy. This wide-ranging conversation on the critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy featured international family foundation experts Virginia Esposito and Alice Buhl along with two experienced and thoughtful family foundation leaders.

Being on the board of a family foundation

Posted by Kelly Sweeney McShane on April 22, 2015

“Being on the Board of a family foundation, being a Chair, is definitely hard work, but I feel like it's also really rewarding. It's a great opportunity to think strategically, to frame conversations, to interact in different ways, and invite new people to get involved.” - Kelly Sweeney McShane, Board Chair, The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

Reflections from the Trustee Education Institute: A bootcamp for stewarding your family’s philanthropic assets

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on November 18, 2014

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) has been an invaluable resource for me as I navigate the tumultuous waters of helping to direct my family’s foundation. I was first invited to participate in the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in 2004, soon after I turned 25....

'On-boarding' the next gen: The Durfee Foundation's approach

Posted by Caroline Avery on October 20, 2014

The Durfee Foundation has held many board retreats during its 54-year history, but these have always been for trustees only. In 2014 we decided to do an all-family board retreat and bring together toddlers, teens, trustees and elders. Why the change? Read on...

Managing unexpected transitions and change

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 19, 2014

"When change is thrust upon you, and you have to operate in the moment, I think those are the most difficult times. If that happens to you -- and I hope it doesn't -- my suggestion is to not move too quickly to a permanent solution. Recognize the value of a good interim plan to give you the time and...

Board chair study: You can help!

Posted by Virginia Esposito on August 19, 2014

We need much more knowledge and understanding of effective board chair leadership. NCFP wants to support family foundations as they work toward effective governance. As such, I have been working on an interview project to better understand how boards function with special attention to the role of the board chair.

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