Foundation Management & Administration

Below are general foundation management and administration resources. There are specific resource pages under this section on:

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This glossary of philanthropic terms can help you get started in understanding the broader field of philanthropy.
Is your foundation using best practices for internal processes?
In this age of austerity, it is more important than ever to ask and answer how foundations' decisions impact the fields they work in.
This sample matching gift policy can be easily customized for your foundation's use.
From GEO, what does it mean to truly and authentically engage a community in evaluation?
This is a sample employee performance appraisal.
The basics and frequently asked questions about strategic planning.
Interviews from several program officers from corporate foundations and giving programs for advice to those who are new to their positions.
The Council on Foundations’ Foundation Management Series provides foundation boards and staff with the tools needed to benchmark their practices and operations against peers in the field.

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