The State of Small Staffed Foundations

Discover the broader world of foundations that have few or no staff members and see where your foundation fits in.

Based on insight gleaned from Exponent Philanthropy’s annual survey of foundations with a lean staff, this session will review trends in grantmaking practices, operations, compensation, investments, and governance, including:

  • Advocacy, site visits, donor-advised funds, and more grantmaking tactics on the rise
  • How foundation boards work to engage the next generation and what succession challenges they encounter
  • What investment returns foundations earn and how they balance their portfolios
  • How foundations compensate their board and staff members