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Scanning the Landscape: Funder Examples

Funders scan to learn everything there is to know about an issue. They scan to uncover key needs, especially those that are overlooked. They also scan to find out more about their chosen focus areas and to design or refine their strategies. Through scanning, you can learn about promising programs, unsuccessful strategies, barriers to progress,... Read More

Selecting Investment Advisors

Three investment options for foundations are: Investment consultants, who help trustees establish and implement a decision-making structure for investment management Outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) firms, which act as the investment office on a daily basis for the foundation and typically has discretion over hiring/terminating managers and rebalancing the portfolio Investment managers, who buy and... 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

A Well-Crafted Investment Policy Statement

To document an investment process that helps your foundation sustain its organizational purpose and achieve its giving goals, a comprehensive investment policy statement (IPS) is vital. The benefits of a well-crafted IPS You should strive for an IPS that does more than simply allow you to “check the box.” A valuable IPS will go beyond... Read More

Recordkeeping if Sunsetting Your Foundation

There is little legal advice specific to recordkeeping after a foundation closes. According to best practice, however, financial and tax records should be kept for a minimum of 7 years after their filing dates. Other business records, such as pension plans and D&O liability insurance contracts, should be kept for a minimum of 10 years.... Read More

Board Meeting Requirements and Strategies

Great board meetings are achievable. Following a few legal requirements plus tried-and-true strategies can create an environment and a process for efficient, enjoyable foundation board meetings. Legal requirements For incorporated foundations, different states have different legal requirements for: Notice—States regulate how much notice needs to be given of meetings, and in what format. Typically this... Read More