Many foundations pay trustees for their board service, and trustee fees count as part of the mandated 5 percent annual payout for foundations. This report examines the 990-PF reports of 238 foundations in order to study the rationale behind and necessity of trustee fees. It recommends limitations on trustee fees and modifications to the 990-PF form, and provides detailed data sheets.

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Board Compensation

This Content Collection provides guidance on the legal regulations regarding compensation, suggestions for how to initiate a conversation among your board members about whether or not compensation is appropriate, and suggestions for how to develop a written policy based on this conversation.

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