Foundation Management & Administration

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

As a benefit of membership, the Council on Foundations attorneys and legal staff provide information and education to Council members regarding a variety of topics related to foundation operations and legal compliance. All information on this website, and all publications, articles, e-mail correspondence and telephone consultations provided by Council attorneys and legal staff are intended for informational purposes only and not as part of an attorney-client relationship. Council attorneys are not licensed in every state and cannot provide legal representation. The information is not a substitute for expert legal, tax or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances, and may not be relied upon for the purposes of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code. Council members may e-mail with inquires and for more information.

This sample job description for Executive Director is generously provided by the Blue Foundation.
This sample job description for a Director, Community and Philanthropic Affairs is generously provided by the United Arlines Foundation.
This sample job description is for a chief giving officer.
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 resource provides an overview of the variety of ways in which family philanthropies choose to staff their foundations.
This slide presentation covers issues that may arise for non-family staff in family foundations.
Al Castle is a family trustee of the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation in Honolulu. After serving on the board for several years, he was hired as the first executive director of the foundation by his fellow board members.
During the summer of 2004, we interviewed several corporate community relations managers to gather advice for new staff in similar positions. Their comments are summarized here, and direct quotes appear in italics.


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