What policies do you recommend for foundation boards?

Our publication Policymaking Made Clear: Eleven Foundation Policies Your Board Should Consider walks you through 11 common policies to empower your board as it works to fulfill the foundation’s mission.

The policies include:

  • Attending fundraisers
  • Board membership and meetings
  • Conflict of interest
  • Discretionary grants
  • Investment strategy and policy
  • Personnel
  • Records retention
  • Spending
  • Travel and expense reimbursement
  • Trustee compensation
  • Whistleblower

Establishing and following some or all of these policies can help your foundation operate more efficiently, align daily operations with your mission, fulfill your legal and ethical responsibilities, and make your foundation more transparent and accountable to the public.

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