Good Governance: How to Use Board Committees Effectively
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
The use of committees is one of the most important tools for thoughtful governance in family philanthropy. This webinar will take a deep dive into all the qualities of an effective committee structure. Governance experts and family foundation leaders will share successful committee models as well as conducive leadership and engagement strategies. Come prepared to learn from your peers and to share your own ideas and strategies!
Amy Goldman directs the work of Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation, where she oversees grant making focused on health, education and global development. She deploys her experience in diplomacy, political economy, social investment and organizational governance to fund scalable solutions locally and globally.
Previously, Amy served as a lead consultant for Washington D.C.-based International Trade Services, where she focused on trade negotiations and investment strategies. She was also an instructor and researcher at the Sogang and Yonsei universities in Seoul, South Korea and the University of California at Berkeley prior to being awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for continued research on the political economy of Asia.
Mary Phillips is a founding partner and President of GMA Foundations, where she has worked with foundations for over thirty years. She leads the firm’s consulting services and specializes in philanthropic program design and assessment, governance, trustee education, planning for transitions, retreat facilitation, foundation start-up services, and foundation management. Mary serves as philanthropic advisor to numerous foundations, families, and individuals.
Mary is a founding member and current Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers; a learning community for consultants dedicated to increasing and strengthening philanthropy. She is a Past Chair of Associated Grant Makers, a New England-wide, regional association of grantmakers, where she served as an officer for 11 years. She is active in the non-profit community and has presented, facilitated and written for the Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy and the National Center for Family Philanthropy among other local and national philanthropic associations and donor service organizations.
Caroline J. Sabin is the Executive Director of The Powell Foundation, a family foundation whose primary focus is to improve public education for children aged pre-K to 12th. grade. Caroline has led the foundation for fifteen years working across three generations of the Powell family. During this time she has overseen the development of the Foundation’s grant strategy, the strengthening of its governance structure and the establishment of strong operating policies and procedures.
Caroline has a long history of working in the non-profit and philanthropic sector. Prior to joining The Powell Foundation, Ms. Sabin was Director of Special Projects at the Children’s Museum of Houston. She has served on the boards of the Junior Leagues of Montreal, Mexico City and Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Volunteer Houston, The Woman’s Fund for Health Education and Research and The Post Oak School.
Currently, Caroline is a member of the leadership committee of the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) comprised of public education funders from around the state working to improve state public education policy. Caroline also serves on the Steering Committees of two local collective impact initiatives, Early Matters and the Arts Access Initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rollins College.
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