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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

Do you have any updates on the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act?

Last year, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to reform private foundations, and ensure that charitable dollars held in donor advised funds (DAFs) are distributed to working charities in a reasonable period of time. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced a... Read More

We’re considering collecting demographic data on grantees and grantseekers. How can we do so effectively and equitably?

Collecting demographic data is a simple yet powerful tool for pursuing equity and inclusion in philanthropy. PEAK’s More Than Numbers: A Guide Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Data Collection helps funders better understand who it is they serve. The guide includes: Considerations for deciding what data to collect; and how to approach data privacy... Read More