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Section 1: Resource 5

Getting Started: Sample Policies and Practices

Here you will find a collection of sample policies and practices related to establishing a family foundation. For a wide variety of additional sample statements and other resources, current NCFP Friends are invited to login to Policy Central: Getting Started With Family Philanthropy.

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Life Cycle of a Private Foundation: Starting Out An IRS overview of the trust instrument, corporate charter, articles of association, and other written instruments by which a new private family foundation is created under state law.
Read (15 minutes)
Bylaws - Doane Family Foundation Sample bylaws from the Doane Family Foundation.
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Sample Bylaws with a focus on Family Branch Repesentation These sample bylaws include specific language regarding participation from each branch of the family.
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What Ought to Be in an Organization's Bylaws Bylaws are the internal governance rules of a group of people who have organized for a common goal. This short article written by Betsy Buchalter Adler, a founding partner of the San Francisco law firm of Adler & Colvin, describes the commonly required elements for an organization's founding bylaws.
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The Parable of the Mustard Seed: A Founder's statement of intent The donor legacy statement of Ike Leighty, founder of the Leighty Family Foundation.
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Donor Legacy Statement Donor Legacy Statement of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation.
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Founder's statement Founder's Statement from the Brinson Foundation.
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Conflict of Interest Policy Conflict of Interest Policy from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
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Policy Central: Getting Started With Family Philanthropy Looking for sample bylaws, donor legacy or intent statements, or sample mission statements? Need an example of a donor advised fund agreement? Start with NCFP's "Getting Started in Family Philanthropy" collection in Policy Central. [NCFP FRIENDS AND SUBSCRIBERS ONLY]