Foundation Administrators Network Meeting: Challenges and Opportunities with Organizational Structure

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
The John A. Hartford Foundation, 55 E. 59th Street, 16th Floor, NYC
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The Foundation Administrators Network (FAN) is a professional peer network designed to support administrative professionals at Philanthropy New York member organizations.  In addition to sharing information over an active listserv, the network meets quarterly to give participants an opportunity to connect with colleagues in person, discuss topics of interest in a confidential setting, and meet Philanthropy New York staff who support the network. New members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


FAN members all wear multiple hats, as do many others who are in non-programmatic roles in foundations such as operations, communications, IT, and finance. As a result, FAN members regularly negotiate scenarios in which organizational structure plays a large role – from task allocation and reporting relationships to performance expectations and appraisals to compensation to job titles and descriptions and more. What challenges do you face that are related to organizational structure? How do you use structure to better advance your foundation’s work?
At the next FAN meeting, organization development consultant Martha Sherman will lead a conversation on challenges and opportunities related to organizational structure. We will identify the top challenges FAN members face so Martha can offer advice, based on her 20+ years of experience in organizational development, and members can breakout into small groups to discuss specific challenges in more depth, understand some of the different hats our colleagues wear, and connect with those who can continue to serve as a resource after the meeting.
Reminder: As always, creating a confidential space at network meetings is very important.  Please do not share specific details from the meetings with individuals outside the network.


  • Martha Sherman, Organization Development Consultant 

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Foundation professionals who have responsibility for administration, including human resources, finance, and operations. Please note: This meeting is only open to Philanthropy New York members.
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