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.

The Council on Foundations, in collaboration with BoardSource, is proud to announce the publication of an easy-to-use guide for new foundation board members.
The persistent scrutiny of nonprofit governance has prompted leaders at many types of organizations to take steps to assure that their own houses are in good legal and financial order. For private foundations, this checklist is a good place to start.
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A Program for Orienting New Trustees Is An Indispensable Step for Foundations to Maximize the Value and Benefits of Their Boards
By Anne H. Morgan of The Kirkpatrick Foundation
This board briefing will help your board consider three main questions: what are the advantages and limitations of CEOs on boards? If the CEO is on the board, should he or she have full voting rights? How do your colleagues approach this decision?
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

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