Board Chair Peer Network: A Discussion with Ginny Esposito about Board Leadership

Posted on January 12, 2023 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito speaking on board leadership
Join NCFP Founder and Senior Fellow Ginny Esposito for a conversation around what contributes to strong board leadership and how family board leaders can effectively guide their foundations with principle and purpose. Learn from recent research about the fundamental role of the chair—and how it is evolving over time—and what makes a board chair successful. Together, we will engage in… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Fostering Healthy Communication

Posted on January 9, 2023 by Bobbi Hapgood

A family board working together.
How do you work with your board, both individually and as a collective, to foster better communication? How do you navigate conflict, complex personalities, and engage with your family in the difficult and dynamic role of board chair? Join Bobbi Hapgood, an experienced foundation consultant, foundation executive, and board member herself to learn from her experiences and engage in discussion with… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Good Governance Discussion

Posted on January 9, 2023 by Elizabeth Snowdon Bonner, Katherine Osborne Valdez

People discussing family philanthropy board governance
Come together with your peers for a dialogue on effective governance. We will build on NCFP’s February webinar to discuss the nuts and bolts of board governance, challenges with leading meetings, how to activate best practices, and ways to engage your own family. Please watch the February webinar recording or read the transcript in advance of the call. The final… Read More

The Essentials of Good Governance

Posted on December 7, 2022 by Ann Ziker, Gioia Perugini, Tom Zellerbach

Family Foundation Board Members Discussing Governance
Governance, a system for who will make decisions and how, is the guiding framework for your family philanthropy’s long-term success. There are many governance constructs that support an effective board, and different methods to engage family within each construct. But what are the common elements that contribute to an effective board across all governance constructs? In this webinar, learn the… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Reflections on Mission, Vision, and Values with the Hilton Foundation

Posted on June 9, 2022 by Hawley Hilton McAuliffe, Linda Hilton

Hand stacking three blocks on top of each other. Bottom block says "value", middle block says "vision" and top block says "mission"
A foundation’s mission, vision, and values, which may be thought of as a statement of purpose, are fundamental in guiding its operations, strategy, and relationship with grantee partners.  For family foundations, these purpose statements are grounded in the family’s history and legacy, and donors’ intent. It is critical that both board and staff understand and are aligned with the mission… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Communication Tools to Improve Meetings and Navigate Uncomfortable Conversations

Posted on April 22, 2022 by Nancy Murphy, Ann Maddox Utterback

Meeting planning and facilitation are a significant responsibility of the board chair. Do your meetings feel more difficult than they should? Are you avoiding uncomfortable conversations for fear of conflict or straining family connections? Does your board sometimes struggle with making decisions? If so, this conversation is for you. These experiences often result from communication challenges. Learn from JF Maddox… Read More

Non-Family Staff Peer Network: Supporting Family Engagement and Philanthropic Impact through Conflict and Systems

Posted on February 27, 2022 by Rebecca Trobe

There are many priorities to consider when balancing family engagement with philanthropic impact. How do you navigate your role as a non-family staff leader? And how can you work with your board to develop systems that support formal and informal decision making to advance the foundation’s mission and goals? Join Dr. Rebecca Trobe for an interactive discussion. Dr. Trobe works… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Supporting Your Executive Director and Staff Team

Posted on January 21, 2022 by Jean Whitney, Jim Parsons

Relationships between board and staff are vital to success, effectiveness, and a positive organizational culture for the team and the family. How do you support your executive director through reviews, regular connections, and planning support? How do you intentionally connect with the executive director and staff team? Can you create a two-way street to encourage communication, partnership, and best practice… Read More