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Board Compensation: What Is the Right Answer for Your Foundation?

Although most foundations choose to not compensate board members for routine board service—creating or revising foundation policies, overseeing foundation operations, attending board meetings, and more—one size does not fit all. For some small foundations, culture and assumptions, or specific strategies and rationales, lead the board to compensate its members. This publication reviews: The laws and... Read More

Creating a Strategy and Plan for Your Foundation’s Investing: Developing and Using an Investment Policy Statement

Developing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) sets the course for managing your foundation’s assets through time. It also reinforces how your investment policy and practices will help to achieve your foundation’s mission and goals. This primer describes how to develop your IPS and guides you through three main tasks, including: Making strategy decisions that lay... Read More

Foundation Operations and Management Report

The premier benchmarking resource for foundations with few or no staff. The 2017 edition of our flagship report includes mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards & governance, investments, administration, and grantmaking. It also includes the latest benchmarking data on salary and benefits. Members:  Receive 1 printed copy of the report and have exclusive access to... Read More

Closing Shop: When Small Foundations Get Out of the Foundation Business

It is becoming increasingly common for foundations to consider closing shop. While the reasons you’re contemplating this option may be straightforward, the process of closing can be complicated. The primer walks you through the strategy choices, tasks, and legal steps of closing shop so you can be confident that you know the main legal issue... Read More