Performance evaluation and assessment


Managing Risk: Board Oversight of Foundation Investments

Posted on August 4, 2010 by Karen Green, Andras Kosaras

In the post-Madoff era, the foundation and nonprofit sector continues to struggle with how to invest philanthropic assets most appropriately, and how to ensure that boards and staff are managing investments prudently. This new edition of Passages, authored by two leading experts on the roles and responsibilities of foundation boards, examines the critical role of governance and how to develop… Read More

Pursuit of Excellence: a 2009 Report on Practices in Family Foundations

Posted on September 28, 2009 by Susan Crites Price, Alice Buhl

The research findings provide benchmarking information to help foundations assess their own practices with those of their peers. This work is part of the National Center’s Pursuit of Excellence initiative to provide family foundations with data and an assessment process to help them raise their own levels of performance. Pursuit of Excellence enables family foundations to see themselves in terms of common practice as well as in light of standards of excellence articulated by leaders in the field… Read More

Managing Risk: Board Responsibilities for Prudent Investment and Governance

Posted on June 11, 2009 by Andras Kosaras

The Madoff scandal has caused the failure of well respected family foundations and raised the specter of penalties for board members’ inattentiveness to investment matters. Is your board doing all it should to be fiscally responsible? In this timely teleconference, learn about the board’s role and fiduciary duties in prudent investing, and hear about IRS’ new scrutiny of our sister… Read More

Principled Planning: A Guide for Family Foundation Retreats

Posted on November 5, 2006 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

In 2005, the Council on Foundations developed a set of Stewardship Principles  to help family foundation board members govern, manage and lead their family foundations. These principles were based on more than a year’s worth of work, with input from hundreds of family foundation executives and trustees as well as other experts including academics, attorneys, and even an ethicist. This… Read More

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