Boards & Governance

Foundation board members accept the responsibility to guide foundations wisely and with care, to give their time and attention to ensuring that the foundation is operated for public benefit, and to make certain that legal, ethical and fiduciary standards are met.

The Council's board and governance resources are designed to provide the tools and knowledge essential to understanding the governance of foundations.

Includes job descriptions for President/Chair of the Board, Vice President of the Board, Secretary of the Board, and Treasurer of the Board
With so many variables at work, is there an ideal size for foundation boards?
The basic legalities of board compensation, a sampling of the most common practices and a breakdown of the pros of both compensated and voluntary board service
Family foundations grapple with many questions when determining who will serve on the board. For example, who is eligible for board service? The easy answer for many foundations is family members, but how do you define family member?
Strategies for building a successful CEO-Board Chair relationship.
Sample Board of Directors Election and Retention Policy
Sabbaticals are not too uncommon in the nonprofit world for foundation executives or senior management. It can be a useful time to reflect on past accomplishments, revitalize, and gain renewed inspiration for future work.
It is important to develop-and stick to-clear foundation policies on expenses.
What do you do when a grantee—or potential grantee—asks someone on your board or staff to sit on their board? Does such a request constitute a conflict of interest?

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