Planning for an Influx of Assets

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Tara Brown, Katherine Lorenz, Elaine Gast Fawcett

An influx of assets—whether sudden or expected—is a powerful transition point in your family’s philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing: making a difference according to your foundation’s mission. For family foundations—particularly those for whom the influx comes as a complete surprise—a change in asset size can feel downright disorienting. … Read More

Can We Make Grants to a Non- 501(C)(3) Organization?

Posted on September 9, 2015 by Andrew Schulz

The short answer is, absolutely. Foundations are allowed to make grants to non-charities. They have to follow special procedures under Section 4945 that are called expenditure responsibility. The basic rule is that the fund have to be used for charitable purposes, not something else, but you can grant to 501(c)(4)s, 501(c)(6)s, and even for-profits, as long as you follow the… Read More

Program Grants and Committees policies and procedures

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Anonymous

__________ Foundation Policies and ProceduresProgram Grants and Committees BackgroundThe original policies and procedures (articles 1 – 18) for program grants and committees were approved individually by each program committee (i.e., the Community Development, Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention program committees) prior to their presentation to Trustees at the November 2000 meeting. It was noted at that meeting that each committee… Read More

Passing the “Mirror Test”: Ethics and family philanthropy

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Michael Rion

Your family’s philanthropic values – your sense of stewardship, your personal commitments and interests, and your desire to foster charitable impulses in your children and future generations – are the foundation of your family’s philanthropy.  Articulating and discussing values on a regular basis is part of ethically responsible giving. … Read More

General Policy on Self-Dealing (Anonymous Family Foundation)

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Anonymous

The Foundation will not knowingly engage in any “self dealing” activity. Self-dealing is any “prohibited financial transaction” between The Foundation and a “disqualified person.” 1. Prohibited Financial Transactions a. The sale, exchange or leasing or property (such as purchasing stationery, supplies, printing, graphic design or insurance from a disqualified person). b. The lending of money or the extension of credit… Read More

Conflict of Interest Policy Template

Posted on August 7, 2015 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

This Policy is to protect the interests of The ______ Foundation by: (i) preventing the personal interest of Members, Directors, Officers, Employees or Independent Contractors from interfering with the performance of their duties to the Foundation and (ii) avoiding any inappropriate personal financial, professional or political gain on the part of such persons at the expense of the Foundation. … Read More

Statement of Director Expectations

Posted on August 7, 2015

As members of the Board of Directors of The ____________ Foundation, we recognize and confirm our fiduciary obligations to the Foundation. We have ultimate authority and responsibility for the Foundation’s strategies, policies, procedures and operations. As part of this responsibility, we have established expectations for the members of the Board. In keeping with our fiduciary duty, we commit ourselves to… Read More

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund: Executive Committee Charter policy

Posted on August 7, 2015

Bylaws, Article VIII, Section (a) states:There shall be an executive committee of the Board consisting of the chair and up to seven but no less than six other trustees elected by the vote of a majority of the entire Board at the annual meeting each year. The chair of the executive committee shall be the chair of the Board. A… Read More