Adding Nonfamily Trustees and Community Voices to Your Family Foundation Board

Thursday, March 14, 2013 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm EDT
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What are the signs that your foundation’s board might benefit from adding a community leader to bring new energy and a fresh voice to board deliberations and decisions? Some family foundations have never had an outside trustee on the board and don’t want one. Others have had non-family trustees since their inception—either a friend or business associate of the founder, a trusted lawyer or accountant, or a program expert or local community leader respected by the family. Join this webinar featuring representatives of family foundations that have made the choice to engage non-family trustees—hear more about why they made this decision, what questions and challenges they addressed in the process of adding non-family trustees and what has—and has not—worked.


  • What are the reasons your board may wish to add non-family trustees?
  • What process can your board use to decide how many non-family trustees to invite, and what qualifications and characteristics to look for?
  • How should we go about the search and invitation process for non-family trustees?
  • What are the biggest advantages to having new voices at the table? Are there any disadvantages or challenges?
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program with the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
This program is "Partially Open."



Designed for

All interested funders.