Board Responsibilities for Discretionary Grants

Like all grants from a private foundation, the board of directors as a whole is legally responsible for approving any and all discretionary grants by trustees. In practice, the approval of these grants is often delegated to one trustee (such as the chair) or to a trusted staff person who is given responsibility for ensuring that the grantee is an eligible 501(c)(3) organization, and that there is no self-dealing or conflict of interest associated with the grant.

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