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.
In this Content Collection, you’ll learn about the most common conflicts in family philanthropy, the creative “tactics” some boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to address conflict in a healthy, productive way. Also included are sample code of conduct policies and tips for planning and hosting a productive and inclusive board or family meeting.
Note: for additional insights on managing sensitive issues and crafting better family meeting agendas, see the related Content Collection, Family Meetings: Creating a Culture of Dialogue and Learning.
Avoiding Avoidance: Issue Brief and Webinar
Finding Common Ground: Article, Webinar, and Other Resources
Creating a Safe and Healthy Family Culture: Additional Perspectives
Additional Tips and Tools
Six Tips for Managing Family DynamicsNew Media
Common Causes of ConflictNew Media
Emeritus Board Members: Curse or Blessing?Ask the Center
Sample Policies and Practices
- Code of Conduct (Rockefeller Foundation)
- Code of Conduct (R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation)
- Code of Ethics (Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation)
- Board of Trustees Code of Ethics (Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation)
- Statement of Board Culture (Surdna Foundation)
- Code of Conduct (Surdna Foundation)
- Code of Conduct (Segal Family Foundation)