Robert H. Hull had been head of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, a regional association of grantmakers, for 20 years at the time of his retirement in 1998. During his career, he has also served as a Presbyterian minister in Tallahassee, Florida; a chaplain at Vanderbilt University; and a planning consultant serving clients throughout the South. In 1999, Mr. Hull authored The Trustee Handbook — a publication of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and advanced degrees in theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Mr. Hull also spent several years as an employee and student in the Graduate School


Good Governance: Basic Rules For Governing A Family Foundation

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Robert H. Hull

Once the donor has determined the most appropriate giving mechanism, such as a private foundation, the board of trustees begins to play a role in governance. Usually with the guidance of the donor, the board sets policy for managing foundation affairs, investing the endowment's portfolio, and making grants… Read More

Good Governance: Dealing with Time Demands

Posted on October 27, 2003 by Robert H. Hull

First, there are meetings. Although the foundation may meet only four times a year, meetings always seem to come around quickly. They often last a full day, and frequently require some travel–particularly if the foundation has roots in different regions of the country. In addition, preparing for meetings and board service in general involves such tasks as: Reviewing and digesting… Read More