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Board of Directors Profile Grid

This profile grid is used to assess the skills, experience and demographics of current Board of Directors and identify gaps for recruitment purposes. We thank the AJL Foundation for providing our membership with this sample.  Read More

Board Committees and Advisory Committees

Board committees and advisory committees are common structures that boards establish to better manage the foundation. Board committees comprise board members and can make certain decisions on behalf of the full board. Advisory committees often include non-board members, although at least one board member should be involved too. Advisory committees exist to provide recommendations; they... Read More

Records Retention Policy

A records retention policy is a simple written document—one or two pages—that summarizes your procedures for storing, organizing, purging, archiving, and protecting foundation documents and fulfilling public reporting requirements. A records retention policy typically includes the following information: What documents you store and how long you store them Where you store different types of documents:... Read More

Board Composition

Basic requirements for board composition generally are reflected in a foundation’s bylaws or trust document. You’ll also want to consider the qualities you want in individuals who serve on your board. It is helpful to describe the expectations of board members in a position description. Bylaws or trust document requirements Every state has basic requirements... 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

Board Policies

Board policies work in tandem with the foundation’s bylaws or trust document to create the foundation’s structure. Bylaws or the trust document are legally binding and based in state law; policies also are considered binding, but they are less likely to be backed by force of law and are easier to amend (e.g., usually by... Read More