Posts tagged to 'Board-staff relationships'

Generations Together: Tools for teaching the next generation to give

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 1, 2016

According to the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s recent 2015 Trends Study, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. family foundations engage younger family members in the foundation — and more than 40% say they expect to add to or increase the number of younger-generation family members on their boards in just the next four years. This is an encouraging trend — especially for those of us who believe that these important institutions can have a much greater impact if they can keep the family productively engaged in their work.

Avoiding avoidance: Addressing and managing conflict in family philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on December 15, 2014

Conflict is normal in any family or organization. Yet, many of us avoid conflicts, even if that avoidance affects relationships or how the foundation operates. This month in FGN we feature Part 2 of a two-part series excerpted from our forthcoming Passages Issue Brief on “Avoiding avoidance.” In Part 1 we introduced the nature of conflict and some of the most common conflicts in family philanthropy. In this month's issue we share a variety of healthy tools for calling out and addressing conflict in a healthy, productive way, along with suggestions for when outside help may be needed.

Avoiding avoidance: Addressing and managing conflict in family philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on November 18, 2014

Conflict is normal in any family or organization. Yet, many of us avoid conflicts, even if that avoidance affects relationships or how the foundation operates. This month in FGN we feature Part 1 of a two-part series excerpted from our forthcoming Passages Issue Brief on “Avoiding avoidance.” In Part 1 we’ll introduce the nature of conflict and some of the most common conflicts in family philanthropy. Next month, in Part 2, we will share creative “tactics” boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to call out and address conflict in a healthy, productive way.

Leading Through Change: Advice from and for Seasoned CEOs

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2014

The longer CEOs stay in the job, the more they see strategic opportunities for the foundation. There may be strong reasons for funding some new areas with greater potential impact, entering into collaborations, or including advocacy grants in the mix, for example. But sometimes the challenge is convincing the board. “You have to stay attuned to bringing the family along,” cautions Alice Buhl, NCFP Senior Fellow. You may want to go faster, but the family isn’t ready to go there yet. Longtime CEOs must be flexible and alert to the family’s needs.” she notes that “boards haven’t had the connection or exposure the CEO has had,” so sometimes it takes a while to help them reach a new strategic level.

An invitation to a new peer network for non-family staff

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 21, 2014

This month’s “Voices in the Field” comes from the two co-chairs of the new NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Learning Network: Andrea Sholler, Associate Director of the Tow Foundation in Connecticut, and Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Vice President of the Siragusa Foundation in Chicago....

A generosity of spirit drives today's generation of family foundation CEOs

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2011

What do lawyers, ministers, a whole lot of teachers, military officers, nurses, government officials, investment advisors, Peace Corps and Vista volunteers, a public relations executive, and many, many fundraisers have in common? They are all now chief executive officers of family foundations and were...

CEO transitions in family foundations

Posted by Alice Buhl on December 15, 2010

Among the most important tasks that any board confronts is the choice of head staff person. If anything, this decision has even greater significance in family foundations. Whether the position is vacant because of the retirement of a beloved CEO or the departure of a problematic one, CEO transitions in...

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...

Tips and tools for effective family board meetings

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

This month’s Ask the Center features tips and tools for effective family board meetings from Marla Bobowick, former Vice President at BoardSource and founder of Bobowick Consulting, and Karie Brown, principal of KB Consulting and Board member of the Hidden Leaf Foundation. Marla and Karie were the...

A job like no other: Family foundation chief executive

Posted by Susan Crites Price on July 15, 2010

The late Gary Tobin dubbed family foundation chief executives Mad Hatters. It was a reference to the many hats these professionals have to wear: administrator, mediator, visionary, ambassador to the community, confidant and, occasionally, family therapist, just to name a few. Tobin believed there were...

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