Board committees are at the heart of good governance. Committee members make the necessary decisions and provide the day-to-day oversight needed to ensure that a family foundation board follows its fiduciary and legal responsibilities. See below for examples of the most commonly used foundation board committees.

To get started, we also recommend you view our webinar, “Good Governance: How to Use Board Committees Effectively,” which features governance experts and family foundation leaders sharing successful committee models.

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Administration Committee

Audit Committees

Communications Committee

Compensation Committees

Executive Committees

Finance Committees

Governance Committee

Grants Committee

Investment Committees

Nominating Committee

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Investment and Spending Policies

This Content Collection includes resources describing how a foundation's spending policy and organizational objectives are linked to development of a cohesive and integrated investment strategy, as well as sample policies and other related advice.

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