8 Resources for New Foundation CEOs

EmergencyMy previous blog post shared 5 mistakes to avoid if you are a new foundation CEO and new to philanthropy.  One mistake is not being willing to learn about your new role and field. Below I share eight resources that can help you in your role. In addition, nothing beats getting advice from seasoned foundation leaders, or if needed retaining a coach or advisor to help you.

1 – LearnPhilanthropy provides a wealth of free resources to accelerate learning among newcomers to philanthropy

2 – The Council on Foundations offers resources for CEO leadership development and foundation management

3 – If you are running a family foundation, the National Center on Family Philanthropy offers the CEO Initiative

4 – CEOs of small foundations can participate in Exponent Philanthropy’s Master Juggler Executive Institute

5 – National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers provides a free online directory of philanthropy consultants and advisors

6 – Leaders who are not only new to philanthropy but under 40 might consider joining Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

7 – If you are running a community foundation, you can attend the Community Foundation Fundamentals course sponsored by the Council on Foundations

8 – Your local regional association of grantmakers might offer programming and support specifically for foundation CEOs or those new to philanthropy. For example, Northern California Grantmakers offers the New Grantmakers Institute

If you are aware of additional resources for CEOs who are new to philanthropy, want to share other mistakes to avoid, or share your own personal experience, please comment below!

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Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW is a nationally recognized philanthropy expert and consultant. Learn more at http://putnam-consulting.com

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4 thoughts on “8 Resources for New Foundation CEOs”

  1. Foundation Center’s GrantCraft and Glasspockets websites offer substantial free and informative resources for funders of all levels. GrantCraft (grantcraft.org) allows you to search content by type, strategy, issue area, and keyword, and features content on the homepage for east browsing. Glasspockets (glasspockets.org) is the go-to site for all things transparency related, and includes the tool Who Has Glass Pockets? that helps funders inform transparency practices in their foundation.
    Both services also have active Twitter presence @grantcraft and @glasspockets, with lists of foundation staff and foundations themselves who tweet that you can follow, too. Great for keeping an ear to the ground in the sector!

  2. There is also new job board for the nonprofit sector that has a forum just for foundation staff/executives to post questions to that is free to use. It is called Foundation List, and is focused on foundation job seeking which is awesome! Please see http://www.foundationlist.org
    The link to the Foundation Forum is http://www.foundationlist.org/foundation-blog-the-foundation-forum/
    Foundation List is a job board specifically designed for foundation jobs within the nonprofit sector. Find work, post jobs, read news, network, and connect.

    1. Thanks Isaac, I had not heard of Foundation List before so glad you shared it here. I would be interested to know more about the people behind Foundation List and how it got started, how it is funded, etc.

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