Featured Resources

Advice to Boards Preparing for and Supporting a New Leader of Color

This resource from BoardSource and the Building Movement Project offers insight and advice to boards about how to avoid pitfalls leading up to a transition and after a new leader is hired.

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2021 Annual Conference Plenary Remarks: Justice, Equity, and Philanthropy’s Future

Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of Council on Foundations; Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of Libra Foundation; and Brenda Solorzano, Chief Executive Office of Headwaters Foundation discuss justice, equity, and philanthropy’s future, in a conversation moderated by Healthy Communities Foundation President Maria Pesqueira.

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GIH Events

Self-Assessment for Health Foundation Boards

This webinar explores why foundations should consider a board self-assessment process and how this practice contributes to organizational effectiveness.

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Latest Resources

7 responsibilities of a trust-based philanthropy board

Trust-Based Philanthropy Project: 7 Responsibilities of A Trust-Based Board

Much like how trust-based philanthropy advocates for funders to partner in a spirit of service to grantee partners, it equally encourages boards to see their role as partners — both to the foundation’s leadership and to its staff. This can be embodied in several ways that invite a more trust-based, meaningful, and joyful approach to serving on a foundation board.

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Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices

Based on BoardSource’s 2021 survey of nonprofit leaders, Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, provides benchmarking data on board composition, culture, and practices. It also offers a framework for exploring key questions

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2022 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

The 2022 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy will be held June 27-29 virtually and in Miami Beach, Florida. The GIH Annual Conference is the best place to meet up with the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today.

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Building the Will, and the Way, to Advance Equity at the Maine Health Access Foundation

In 2016, the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) Board approved an extension of its strategic plan, as a bridge between the founding CEO and a new leader. Two issues were added to MeHAF’s work: equity, and the opiate epidemic. We had ideas about how to tackle the latter. We did not know where to start with the former.

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A Southern Foundation’s Journey towards Equity

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) has been on an arc of change for many years, accelerating integration of an equity approach over the past three.

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More Resources on Governance and Operations

Our work to enhance foundation effectiveness addresses organizational challenges related to governance, grantmaking, evaluation, communications, and other emerging issues. Explore this page to browse resources, publications, and events related to foundation operations and administration.

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