Do you have tips for family members who staff their foundations? I’m new to this role.

There are many advantages to your role as a family staff person. Family members are more likely to be aware of family values, history, and the foundation’s goals—and to have a long-term commitment to the foundation. This may enable you to be more confident in expressing the foundation’s identity to potential grantees and the public. You are also more likely to have existing relationships with board members and maybe even grantees.

But your role is not without challenges. It can be difficult to walk the line between your family ties and foundation duties.

Start with these articles:

Suggestions for Family Staff

Compensating Family Members for Foundation Duties








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