Boards & Governance

Board members play a critical role in directing the strategic direction of foundations. The Council's board and governance resources will help board members become more effective by providing key tools and guidance essential to understanding the governance of foundations.

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The 2016 Board Compensation Tables provide foundation board and staff with the tools they need to benchmark their board compensation policies and practices against peers in the field. This report contains data collected through the Council’s 2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey and presented by foundation type, asset group, and U.S. Census region.

In partnership with Guidestar, this webinar features Council on Foundations attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario as they review some fundamental issues associated with board governance. Topics include: 1) board structure (size and composition); 2) the role of committees and the board’s ability to delegate; and 3) the necessary policies and procedures every board should adopt. The value of diversity in foundation boards are also be discussed.

This white paper outlines best practices with proven results that foundations can use to find and create a diverse and inclusive staff and investment advisory team. Readers will learn how to make the business case for more diverse and equitable strategies and link success in this area with investment results.

Community foundation administrative fee structures and frequently asked questions about administrative fees for funds.

An engaged board is critical for a community foundation to achieve its greatest level of impact. But how can an emerging community foundation encourage board members to be fully engaged in helping the organization grow and fulfill its mission? This paper, developed by FSG, addresses this important question and presents a summary of roles and techniques for involving board members, as well as testimonials and tools drawn from the experience of a group of small, growing community foundations in California.

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. He also continues to serve as a trustee. In this position paper, he discusses various management options for family foundations, and specifically, the management option that was right for his own-family staffing.

Not Necessarily. While Some Family Foundations Prefer That All Trustees Be Family Members, Others Find That A Few Outside Voices Can Enrich the Process