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Demystifying Decisionmaking in Family Philanthropy

Posted on August 4, 2003 by Ann Shulman

The notion of selecting methods to use in making a decision is foreign to many family foundations and advised funds. Getting board members to agree can be difficult enough. Why would foundations and advisory boards want to add yet another step to the process? This Passages Issue Brief describes different kinds of decisions made under varying conditions and circumstances require… Read More

Controversial grants policy (Roy A. Hunt Foundation)

Posted on July 19, 2003 by Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Harmonious agreement on grants is not always possible within a family foundation with diverse granting interests. Trustees sometimes struggle to develop strategies to guide the consideration process when points of view differ. This policy from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation provides a framework for managing “controversial grants” from the family board member perspective… Read More

Productive Meetings

Posted on November 4, 2002 by BoardSource

Efficiency and effectiveness are key objectives of a good board meeting. Assist your board in structuring meetings so they will become productive for the organization and worthwhile and interesting for the participants. By planning ahead and focusing on activities before, during and after the meeting, you move closer to efficient meeting procedures and outcomes that meet the expectations… Read More

Sample family foundation meeting agenda (Russell Family Foundation)

Posted on April 18, 2000 by Sarah Cavanaugh

5 minutes     Opening Reading A story that reflects one of the values of your foundation (serious or humorous). Focuses Trustees and sets the tone for the meeting. 15–30 minutes    Executive Session What keeps the executive director up at night? Trustees are active listeners, building a trusting relationship with the executive director 1–3 hours    Plenary Session Educational session on a… Read More

Ground Rules for Family Retreat Working Sessions

Posted on April 18, 2000 by Mark Gerzon

Objective: To create a safe environment for open conversation No personal attacks Arrive on time Equal time for speakers Speak briefly, time is limited When others speak, listen—don’t prepare your remarks Listen with intent to understand Be open to others points of view; to outcome; to each person regardless of seniority Treat sessions as confidential Outside the retreat do not… Read More

Getting Oriented

Posted on November 8, 1999 by Council on Foundations

Defining roles, helping new board members make an early contribution, and providing information on the foundation’s operations are all part of an important function that sometimes receives inadequate attention— board orientation. While some foundationsseelittleturnoveramongtrustees,others add several new people each year. New foundations find themselves facing the challenge of bringing a whole group up to working speed. And family foundations struggle… Read More

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