Board selection, training, roles, and responsibilities

Community Board Member Interest Form

Posted on July 9, 2021

Online form designed to allow applicants to the Panta Rhea Foundation’s community board position the chance to share their backgrounds and skills that could help further the foundation's work… Read More

Demystifying Decision Making in Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 10, 2021 by Ann Shulman

This Passages Issue Brief examines the kinds of decisions that family foundations often face and sets out practical, easy-to-apply guidelines for ensuring that the foundation’s decision-making methods vary appropriately, as conditions and circumstances change. It includes factors to consider when selecting a decision-making method, guidance on how to communicate clearly, simple tools to help make good decisions, and short case… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Adding Non-family Board Members

Posted on May 26, 2021 by Elizabeth Snowdon Bonner, Jaimie Mayer

Are you considering adding independent directors to your board? Join Elizabeth Bonner and Jaimie Mayer to discuss the preparation, conversations, and engagement necessary to successfully add non-family members to your board. The final 30 minutes will be peer breakout groups for networking and any timely discussions. As a reminder, our Peer Network events are not recorded.  If you are unable… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: A Conversation with Susan Packard Orr

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Susan Packard Orr

Join experienced, former board chair Susan Packard Orr for a discussion about navigating transition, legacy, and multigenerational engagement, as well as the complexities of family philanthropy. Bring your questions and challenges to this peer learning space. The final 30 minutes will be peer discussion and breakouts. As a reminder, our Peer Network events are not recorded.  If you are unable… Read More

Board Chair Peer Network: Inaugural Meeting

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Jaimie Mayer, Gilbert Miller, Katherine Lorenz

For family foundations of any shape or size, the chair position can be one of great possibility, joy, and sometimes consternation! Come together for community, learning, and to share challenges and inspiration. In the inaugural meeting of this Peer Network, we will spend time connecting with peers in small breakouts, discussing joys, solutions, and challenges in large group discussion, and… Read More

An Introduction to Trustee Education for Family Foundations

Posted on January 5, 2021 by Katherine Tyler Scott

Note: This article was written and released in 2001 as part of NCFP’s Living the Legacy guide. A Rich Tradition of Service: Volunteer Leadership for The Public Good Americans have established a deep, rich tradition of volunteerism. From the Pilgrim’s Social Compact of 1620, which emphasized government based upon consent and “care for each other’s good,” to the present day… Read More

Trends 2020: Board Learning & Decision Making

Posted on November 19, 2020

This excerpt from NCFP’s Trends 2020 study shares data and analysis regarding various US family foundation giving trends, including board activity, foundations as learning institutions, development of new ideas, and much more. Family foundation board members must allocate time and identify ways to track and acquire the information they need to serve as effective fiduciaries for the organization. This section explores the… Read More