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What assets do small-staffed funders bring to policy work?

Small-staffed funders draw on many assets besides money to advance issues in the policy arena: Human assets. Consider the creativity, passion and resourcefulness of founders, trustees, family and staff. Freedom to focus on an issue and persevere over the long term. Philanthropists have the freedom to “go deep” on an issue and commit. Most problems... Read More

What does the position of board chair demand?

As the chief volunteer officer, your board chair is responsible for leading the board. This position demands exceptional commitment to the foundation, first-rate leadership qualities, and personal integrity. To meet the challenges of this position, the chair must earn and maintain the respect of fellow trustees. An effective board chair is: Knowledgeable about the foundation... Read More

How can my foundation design a spending policy that works?

Your organization’s spending policy should be carefully selected after the thorough evaluation of several key inputs. A qualitative review of the type of organization, time horizon, beneficiaries, purpose of the endowment, sources of funding, institutional resources, applicable donor restrictions, and the investment policy statement should lead to a quantitative analysis that addresses: Annual operating expenses... Read More