Managing risk: Board Responsibilities for Prudent Investment and Governance
Board members and CEOs seeking advice on how to meet their fiduciary duties and gain tips about managing and understanding audits, conflict of interest, investment rules and more.
The Madoff scandal has caused the failure of well respected family foundations and raised the specter of penalties for board members' inattentiveness to investment matters. Is your board doing all it should to be fiscally responsible? In this timely teleconference, learn about the board's role and fiduciary duties in prudent investing, and hear about IRS' new scrutiny of our sister public charities -- often a bellwether of what's to come for private foundations. We'll cover audits, conflict of interest, investment rules and more, so that you can protect your foundation -- and yourselves -- now and in the future.
Karen Green is a nonprofit governance and management consultant specializing in working with family foundations. In 2011, Green was named vice president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She also served as Managing Director of Family Foundation Services at the Council on Foundations as well as Director of their Governing Boards Program, which provided foundation board members and CEOs with resources on foundation governance and oversight. At the Council she led national processes resulting in the Stewardship Principles for Family Foundations and Stewardship Principles for Independent Foundations. Green was also the first President of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, transforming the foundation from anonymity to a known and respected community presence. Prior to her involvement in philanthropy, she directed refugee resettlement efforts in Singapore and Indonesia to bring Vietnamese boat people to the U.S., and directed business advisory services for the U.S.-China Business Council. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. You may contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andras Kosaras is an Associate in Arnold & Porter LLP's Tax practice group. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Kosaras was an attorney and director of ethical standards and philanthropic outreach at the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. He also spent two years as a research assistant at Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, assisting Marion R. Fremont-Smith in the completion of her book, Governing Nonprofit Organizations: Federal and State Law and Regulation, published by Harvard's Belknap Press in 2004. Mr. Kosaras holds a BA in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the New England School of Law, Boston, where he was a member of the law review.
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