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Adding Nonfamily Trustees and Community Voices to Your Family Foundation Board - WEBINAR

Date: 3/14/2013
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: WEBINAR

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.


Registration is required by March 14th. No Fee.

Members: To register, please:
1. Log in and visit the Family Philanthropy Resources page.
2. Scroll down the page and follow the log-in directions to the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
3. On the National Center for Family Philanthropy website, click on the teleconference for which you wish to register and follow the registration instructions.
4. Once you have registered, the dial-in information, slides and handouts for this event will be emailed two days before the teleconference to the email address that you supply. If you have any questions, please contact or 202-293-3424.

Please contact with questions.