The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others.


Audit Committee Charter (The Wallace Foundation)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

The Audit Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors (the Committee) assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing, and reporting practices of the Foundation. The Committee’s purpose is to oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Foundation, the audits of the Foundation’s financial statements, and the qualifications… Read More

Board Code of Ethics (The Wallace Foundation)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

The Board of Directors of The Wallace Foundation is committed to the highest standards of integrity in conducting the affairs of the Foundation. This includes acting at all times in an honest and ethical manner, in compliance with all laws and regulations, and avoiding actual or potential conflicts of interest or the appearance of such conflicts. Read more at link… Read More

Investment Policy (The Wallace Foundation, 2021)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

The investment goal of The Wallace Foundation (the Foundation) is to earn a total return that will provide a steady stream of income to fund the grant making and operations of the Foundation in support of its mission while preserving the real or inflation-adjusted value of the Foundation’s total investment assets (the Total Portfolio) over long periods of time… Read More

Personnel Policies (The Wallace Foundation)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

From the introduction: We… recognize that as staff of a philanthropy we hold a ‘public trust.’ We must demonstrate in our grantmaking and every aspect of our business that we hold ourselves to the highest stand- ard of ethical behavior. We act with integrity, strive for transparency, and avoid any action that could be perceived as or create a conflict… Read More

Whistleblower policy for board members (The Wallace Foundation)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

If a Foundation board member becomes aware of or has a reasonable good faith belief that the Foundation may be involved in illegal activity, fraud or violation of organization policy (as defined in Exhibit 1), or if the board member suspects any impropriety regarding the Foundation’s accounting methods, internal controls, audit processes or any other financial matter, the board member should immediately report such concern (“suspected wrongful act”) to the Senior Counsel or the Chair of the Audit Committee… Read More

Spending Policy (The Wallace Foundation, 2012)

Posted on January 13, 2012 by The Wallace Foundation

The Foundation’s policy is to target spending on grants and qualifying distributions at an average 5.0% of assets over long periods of time. The Foundation’s Board may elect to exceed that spending rate for a limited period of time if: There is a compelling opportunity in a programmatic area that cannot be met by reallocating funds from other areas without… Read More