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We’re hiring our foundation’s first executive director? Do you have sample job descriptions?

An executive director of a small-staffed foundation juggles many roles: strategic grantmaker, convener, collaborator, and, at times, board wrangler, media spokesperson, technical assistance provider, mediator, and the list goes on. This article will get you thinking about what should be included in your foundation’s executive director job description and link you to several sample executive... Read More

Our board will discuss spend-down at our next meeting. What can you tell me about the process?

It is becoming increasingly common for foundations to consider closing shop. Although the reasons you’re contemplating this option may be straightforward, the process of closing can be complicated. Download our publication Closing Shop: When Small Foundations Get Out of the Foundation Business to better understand the options and strategies for spending down effectively. You’ll find... Read More

Our newest trustee is encouraging our foundation to be more public about our interests and grants. Can you suggest small ways to start?

Some philanthropists decide to operate in the public realm early on. Others go public at some point over time, often when they feel compelled to act. However it emerges, going public can be a pivotal transition point and a bold act of leadership. We gathered a list of big and small ways funders go public... Read More