Staff Administration

Staffing decisions are among the most important decisions that foundations will make. Foundation staff are responsible for executing organizational strategies and advancing the foundation’s mission; without strong and competent employees, the foundation may be left floundering. In human resource decisions, foundations must assess needs; recruit, screen, select, and hire personnel; orient new employees; and develop evaluation, training, and development strategies for long-term growth.

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Looking for the single best way to manage a family foundation? You may be looking for a long time. Because family foundations are unique within the foundation world, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to management. Each family creates its own rules and structures for its foundation, allowing for a variety of management styles.

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.

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. While First 100 Days is not a detailed job description, it will provide novice community relations managers with insight and advice during those initial days on the job.

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