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Q&A Archive

Does Exponent Philanthropy offer a group health insurance policy?

No. Exponent Philanthropy does not offer a group health insurance policy at this time because state-specific regulations make it difficult to negotiate a group health insurance policy for our national membership. However, we’ve brokered discounted services for members with five or more staff from the human resources outsourcing firm TriNet. This includes competitive health insurance options.... Read More

What’s expected of foundation board members?

Foundation board members are expected to: Set and adjust the direction for the foundation: its mission and goals. Establish principles, policies, and procedures that govern the foundation’s operation and advance its mission. Oversee the foundation to ensure that it operates effectively and efficiently in support of the mission, and that it complies with legal rules.... Read More

Do my Exponent Philanthropy membership dues count toward my distribution requirement?

Yes. Exponent Philanthropy membership dues are a qualifying distribution for your foundation as an administrative expense that furthers your foundation’s charitable work. In fact, we strongly encourage you to account for the payment as an administrative expense rather than a grant. When a foundation makes a grant, the law requires that no benefit accrue to... Read More

Would my foundation benefit from a grants management system?

Grants Management Initial Questions The first step toward determining if your foundation will benefit from a grants management system requires discussing your priorities and parameters:  What does your foundation want to track? Exponent Philanthropy members tend to track some or all of the following: Contact information for grant applicants and recipients (organizational and individual) Basic... Read More

How do board policies work?

Board policies work in tandem with a foundation’s bylaws or trust document to create the foundation’s structure. Bylaws or the trust document are legally binding and based in state law; policies are also considered binding, but they are less likely to be backed by force of law and are easier to amend (e.g., usually by... Read More