Key facts on family foundations (2004)

Posted on October 30, 2004 by Candid

‘Key Facts on Family Foundations’ is the Foundation Center’s annual two-page fact sheet on the nation’s 31,700 foundations with measurable doNor or doNor-family involvement… Read More

Ground rules for family meetings

Posted on October 29, 2003 by Mark Gerzon

A set of working ground rules to help families and boards to have productive and participatory discussions about important issues. Stated objective of these ground rules: to create a safe environment for open conversation… Read More

Good Governance: Dealing with Time Demands

Posted on October 27, 2003 by Robert H. Hull

First, there are meetings. Although the foundation may meet only four times a year, meetings always seem to come around quickly. They often last a full day, and frequently require some travel–particularly if the foundation has roots in different regions of the country. In addition, preparing for meetings and board service in general involves such tasks as: Reviewing and digesting… 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