What do foundations usually include in a board orientation?

When your organization welcomes new board members, where should you begin? Some of your new trustees may be family members who’ve grown up hearing about the foundation. Others may be experts who specialize in your funding area.

Our publication Bringing on the Board: Practical Steps for Orienting Foundation Board Members (available for complimentary member download) guides you through the process of planning and implementing a board orientation.

It covers topics including:

  • Welcoming new trustees
  • Designing the orientation event
  • Creating briefing materials
  • Choosing orientation topics
  • Planning for ongoing orientation

With this resource, you can plan an orientation and ongoing training programs that give new trustees the tools they need to become strong and informed foundation board members that work cohesively toward the foundation’s mission.

Still have questions?

Members can access staff experts through our Q&A service by calling 202-580-6560, or post a question to the member community to hear form peers in the field.

Explore our Q&A archive