Governance: Vision, trust, and moral imagination in trusteeship

This chapter from Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation introduces a variety of governance structures that family foundations use to bring focus and coherence to their policies and procedures. The chapter explores the roles and responsibilities of trusteeship, and invites the reader to consider what trusteeship means to you, your fellow trustees, and those who may one day take a role as a trustee of your foundation.

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Governance Essentials

Trusteeship is — first and foremost — a very personal commitment to a public trust. This Content Collection provides both introductory resources as well as more detailed looks at many of the most important aspects of foundation governance.

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