Posts tagged to 'Board roles and responsibilities'

What are some points we should consider as a family foundation seeking a non-family board member?

Posted by Susan Packard Orr on October 28, 2015

In this month's Ask the Center, we feature an excerpt from the newest Passages Issue Brief, "A steadying hand: The critical role of non-family board members," written by NCFP Distinguished Fellow Susan Packard Orr. This special PASSAGES provides insight on the various skills, expertise, and perspectives that a non-family board member can provide, as well as the common challenges for families seeking their first non-family board member, and tips for setting clear expectations for this role.

As our family grows, how do we decide who gets to participate in the philanthropy?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 25, 2015

As our philanthropic family grows more diverse and distinct – as well as more geographically distant from the roots of the founders – how do we decide who should participate in the family’s philanthropy and how they will participate?

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

Planning for change while involving the next generation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 25, 2015

"If you are welcoming the next generation, it's a wonderful time to sit down and reevaluate what you're doing because, even if you're doing wonderful things, people want to feel engaged. So, even if you go through a strategic planning process and you decide, 'we're going to continue to do the same...

Trends in family philanthropy project: Why now?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 29, 2015

"Part of the reason this project is so important now is that so many family foundations are new to this work, having been founded or at least organized since the beginning of this millennium. Many philanthropic families are in a moment of transition where there's new leadership that needs to come in,...

Avoiding conflicts of interest in family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2014

"You shouldn't try to avoid conflicts of interest, because they're impossible to avoid. At some point, they will come up. The way to handle a conflict is to be trained about what may come up, to be very clear about disclosing them, and to make sure that disinterested, non-conflicted people are...

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....

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.

Can you recommend a short video on family foundation board responsibilities?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 22, 2014

As a matter of fact, we can! We're pleased to share our new video, "So you want to be a family foundation board member," created especially for teenagers and young adults in search of a quick and lighthearted introduction to the many responsibilities of being a family foundation board member:     Also...

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