Posts tagged to 'Board leadership'

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.

The circle of philanthropy

Posted by Lauren Hasey Maher on August 18, 2014

There is an ever increasing commitment among families to be intentional about exposing the next generation and including them in their philanthropy. The recent Nexus Global Youth Summit showcased a number of truly innovative ways that participants were harnessing their professional skills to make an impact on an issue they care about, while doing it in collaboration with others.

Weaving a web in action

Posted by Annie Hernandez and Katie Marcus Reker on July 29, 2014

When two family foundations met in the summer of 2010 to allow their engaged youth to connect with and learn from one another, we never would have predicted what would come out of it. It was these two foundations along with two others that launched, Youth Philanthropy Connect, a project of the Frieda C....

The CEO role: Engaging the family foundation board over the long haul

Posted on April 29, 2014

"The critical thing is in understanding, having conversations, taking the time to really unearth where your board members are coming from with their particular perspectives of what they want to do. Often people have a story or a narrative that helps to define what they are most interested in....

Giving while living: Carolyn and Peter Lynch

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to share videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. In this month’s installment, we feature Bridgespan’s interview with Carolyn and Peter Lynch, co-founders of The Lynch Foundation....

Positioning your board for proactive, positive, transitions from senior leadership to the next generation

Posted by Alice Buhl on January 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: As NCFP begins the celebration of our 15th year, one of the key overarching themes of our work will be the exploration of the many types of transitions that family philanthropies experience. To help kick off our Year of the Transition, we’re pleased to share an excerpt from one of the...

Family members as staff

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 15, 2010

What is the best way to formalize the process of hiring and setting salary for a family member? LIZ WALTERS: Off the top of my head, I can think of four things that we did. The first thing was to create job descriptions. I was the only staff member to begin with, but we also created a job description...

Emeritus board members: Curse or blessing?

Posted by Alice Buhl on August 15, 2010

Mom and Dad are aging but we want to keep them involved. Aunt Sally has been running the foundation forever but the other board members feel it is time for someone else to take over. Uncle John is beginning to get confused. The three sisters in the second generation have been controlling things for...

Families step up to meet the economic crisis

Posted by Joseph Foote on January 15, 2009

On a sunny Sunday in November, 2008, the board of the Durfee Foundation gathered in the 48-year-old foundation’s office in Santa Monica, California. The trustees already knew that the foundation’s assets of approximately $30 million had fallen 30 percent. The talk before the meeting focused on the...

Motivations for board service: Why many family members want in and some don't want to leave

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 15, 2007

Many of the requests for help that come to me directly or as referrals from colleagues or National Center staff are about governance. When it comes to the fundamentally important issue of effective trusteeship – and appropriate foundation governance – the range of questions is startling and no question...

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