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6 Ways Self-Dealing Can Creep Into a Foundation’s Work

The self-dealing rules for private foundations can—and do—trip up even the most seasoned and well-intentioned funders. Do you make it a point to review the self-dealing rules each year and seek out expert advice? The general rule is this: Certain insiders known as “disqualified persons” are prohibited from engaging in a specific list of transactions... Read More

A Unique American Story: Public Policy and Private Philanthropy

Some years ago, when Jacques Chirac was still president of France, the U.S. State Department asked me to meet with Chirac’s advisor on domestic affairs. She had completed a national tour of institutions of American voluntarism. I was the last stop on her tour, her opportunity to debrief. Her leading question to me was, “How... Read More