The Makings of Phenomenal Foundation Executive Directors - Exponent Philanthropy

The Makings of Phenomenal Foundation Executive Directors

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An executive director of a small-staffed foundation juggles many roles: strategic grantmaker, convener, collaborator, and, at times, board wrangler, media spokesperson, technical assistance provider, mediator, and the list goes on.

Over the years, Exponent Philanthropy has learned a great deal from our members about the characteristics and skills that make for phenomenal executive directors—and we hope that these insights may prove helpful to others.

The characteristics described here are both impressive and daunting. They’re a tall order and, indeed, part of a continual learning journey for even the best executives. At Exponent Philanthropy, we believe that these skills can be developed, practiced, and honed.

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