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What’s the easiest way to fund international causes?

The easiest way to fund international causes is to use a U.S.-based intermediary or aid organization that has networks in foreign locations. Those organizations specialize in giving abroad and can redistribute funds effectively to meet specific needs. Not only may the grant be more effective because of the organization’s connections, but foundations avoid the additional... Read More

Got any tips for a successful hiring process?

Hiring takes a good deal of time and sometimes money. The more thorough and careful your recruitment process is, the more likely the staff you choose will be successful and long term. Here are several tips: Decide whether to manage the search internally or with outside assistance—If your foundation decides to handle it, designate a... Read More

Which foundations should consider having a pension plan?

Any foundation that compensates any individuals for their services, whether those individuals are full-time employees, part-timers, or board members, can set up a pension plan for those individuals. Of course, tax-exempt organizations don’t gain the same tax benefits from pension contributions that for-profit organizations achieve. A pension plan, though, is a common element of compensation... Read More

What are some common ways foundations engage in impact investing?

Individual or one-off transactions—Small-staffed foundations can make investments sporadically as opportunities arise that align with their goals. This approach allows a foundation to be flexible; however, it may reveal capacity constraints because since staffing and structures are not designed to support frequent impact investing. PRI approach—Some private foundations make only below-market rate investments that count... Read More

What policies and processes help keep trustees on the high road?

A few simple policies and processes can help trustees to make consistent, unbiased, and thoughtful decisions, including: Conflict of interest policy to minimize the potential for bias and unethical decision making Internal financial controls (and perhaps a whistle-blower policy) to ensure proper financial oversight An investment policy statement to help trustees uphold their fiduciary duties... Read More