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.

Directors & Officers liability insurance provides financial protection for a foundation and its directors, officers, employees, and volunteers in the event of a lawsuit.
A comprehensive guide on indemnification and directors and officers liability insurance.
A look at some of the legal and non-legal aspects of merging one charitable program or organization with another.
It is important to develop-and stick to-clear foundation policies on expenses.
In an earlier post, Susanne Norgard, executive director of The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (where I serve as board president), mentioned that no board member “walks into a community foundation fully understanding what we do and the impact we
Joining a foundation staff can be exhilarating as well as challenging. Often, newcomers find themselves trying to balance many different demands, while trying not to let any one thing fall by the wayside.


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