Resources

Evaluating Foundation Staff

Regular performance evaluations—at least once a year—can help staff improve their work. The board evaluates the foundation’s lead staff person (i.e., executive director, foundation administrator, CEO). In turn, the lead staff person evaluates other staff members and consultants (as applicable). In some cases, staff members evaluate themselves and then compare their assessments with their supervisor.... Read More

Evaluating Your CEO

At its core, CEO evaluation involves two basic steps: defining the CEO’s job responsibilities and checking back at a later point to determine if the responsibilities were met. Keep in mind: Although formal evaluation is an important component of a good working relationship, it is not a substitute for ongoing communication. CEOs need feedback year... Read More

Inviting an Audit

As managing director of a small family foundation, I had often wondered what would happen if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the state attorney general came knocking on our foundation’s door. Would we be prepared for an audit? Would the foundation be in compliance with legal and tax reporting requirements? Did our original organizational... Read More