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Governance

This includes insights and tips related to board governance, legal compliance, grantee communications, fiscal responsibility, public disclosure, and many other key areas of foundation governance and operations.
Audience: All Funders
This tool for unstaffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.
Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Governance

Online resource from Free Management Library, includes a guideline and agenda for board training sessions.

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance

Sample conflict of interest policy, as outlined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Topic: Governance
The heightened focus on nonprofit accountability in recent years has spurred calls for foundations and public charities to have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure sound governance. One such policy that has become a recommended best practice for the sector is a whistleblower protection policy, yet most nonprofits still don’t have one. Here are some basic issues to consider when developing a whistleblower protection policy for your grantmaking organization.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance
This tool for staffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance

The following sample conflict of interest policies are excerpted from The Non-Profit Answer Book: An Executive Director's Guide to Frequently Asked Questions from BoardSource.

This publication outlines the law and factors related to conflict of interest and includes examples of situations that foundations regularly encounter.
Topic: Governance
Release Date: October 27, 2014

After careful consideration, the CNJG Leadership and Policy Committee recommended the Council’s Board of Trustees should adopt the following formal position:
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers supports simplification of the private foundation excise tax on net investment income to a flat rate.

News Type: CNJG News
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance

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