Contributions

Avoiding Avoidance: Addressing and Managing Conflict

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Bobbi Hapgood, Lisa Parker, Elaine Gast Fawcett

Conflict is neither inherently good nor bad. Conflict will always occur in an organization that's growing, evolving, and changing. On this webinar, we’ll explore typical situations where families might find themselves falling into the avoidance trap, along with useful strategies for ‘avoiding avoidance’ and other related tips and tools for managing family conflict… Read More

Sample CEO Performance Reviews

Posted on October 8, 2014 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

A collection of sample CEO performance reviews collected in the NCFP Guide, Performance Review: The Complete Guide to Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO. CEO reviews are provided from the following family foundations: The Clowes Fund Max M. & Margorie S. Fisher Foundation Knott Foundation Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Roy A. Hunt Foundation  … Read More

Personnel Policies (the Wallace Foundation)

Posted on June 18, 2014 by The Wallace Foundation

From the introduction: We… recognize that as staff of a philanthropy we hold a ‘public trust.’ We must demonstrate in our grantmaking and every aspect of our business that we hold ourselves to the highest stand- ard of ethical behavior. We act with integrity, strive for transparency, and avoid any action that could be perceived as or create a conflict… Read More

Navigating Leadership Transitions in Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito, Betsy Brill, Dean Phillips, Dinaz Mansuri, Patrick Troska

Every family philanthropy experiences the joy, the sadness, the complexity, and the energy of transitions. Moving toward new leadership in the family can be difficult, emotional, and sometimes frustrating. However, when it is done deliberately and thoughtfully, these times of transition can also be positive for all involved. … Read More

The Mad Hatter: 13 Key Roles for Family Foundation CEOs

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Gary A. Tobin

Family foundation CEOs have enormous influence, because the family relies on him or her and often views the professional as providing an objective voice. The family foundation professional also has critical input, playing a powerful brokering role among board members because he or she prepares documents, helps with the agenda and provides other key information… Read More

Over the River and Through the Woods: Geographic Dispersion in Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Evan Wood, Irene Siragusa, Jack Siragusa, Una O. Osili

With family members living far apart, what steps can families take to build family identity and bonds that once evolved naturally from living in close proximity? How can family members whose lives have taken different paths forge a genuinely collaborative team driven by a mission derived from and embraced by the family? How are families balancing the commitment to the foundation's "home town" and their growing concern for their own region?… Read More

Performance Review: Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Virginia M. Esposito, Beth Casselman, Julie Fisher Cummings, Doug Bitonti Stewart

Little has been written about how to review the performance of family foundation CEOs. The job carries a unique set of roles and responsibilities including the special skills required to support effective board governance, work within the family’s culture, represent the family in the community, and engage in grantmaking in the context of the family’s legacy… Read More

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