Assessment to action: A report on a gathering of foundation CEOs, trustees, and senior executives

Posted on March 22, 2007 by Center for Effective Philanthropy

In March 2007, more than 225 CEOs, trustees, and senior executives gathered in Chicago to discuss a wide range of important issues: the role of strategy and performance assessment, board functioning and the dynamics of race in the boardroom, and the challenge of inspiring, and leading change. Among the reports 11 articles are highlights and lessons learned from presentations by… Read More

Foundation Communications: The Grantee Perspective

Posted on October 29, 2006 by Judy Huang

Grantees are typically a foundation's chosen agents of change, selected for their ability to create impact. The better a foundation can communicate its goals and strategy to grantees, the more effective these partnerships will be - and the more likely grantees will be to perform in ways that are consistent with a foundation's goals… Read More

Higher impact: Improving foundation performance: Insights from a gathering of foundation officials

Posted on October 29, 2005 by Center for Effective Philanthropy

Independent Sector’s Diana Aviv, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Carol Larson, California HealthCare Foundation’s Mark Smith, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Kathy Merchant, The Bridgespan Group’s Jeff Bradach, Global Business Network’s Katherine Fulton, and Boston Globe’s investigative reporter Michael Rezendes. This report includes viewpoints of these practitioners and distills lessons learned… Read More

Foundation Governance: the CEO Viewpoint

Posted on October 29, 2004 by Ellie Carothers, Phil Buchanan

In the wake of increased scrutiny from lawmakers and the public, foundation boards have received significant press attention, much of it negative. Yet little research exists on the distinctive challenges of foundation governance. This report highlights viewpoints of CEOs of the largest foundations in the U.S. as a first step in a major study on effective foundation governance. The report… Read More

Foundation effectiveness: A report on a meeting of foundation CEOs, senior executives, and trustees

Posted on October 29, 2004 by Center for Effective Philanthropy

In October 2003, 100 foundation leaders, CEOs, trustees, and senior management ¬†gathered to discuss four themes of foundation effectiveness: strategy selection, funder-grantee relationships, performance assessment, and governance. Participants heard talks by Michael Bailin, President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Edward Skloot, Executive Director of the Surdna Foundation, and others; participated in interactive panels; and candidly shared their experiences in… Read More

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