SECF places a high priority on helping our members better govern their foundations and ensure that their boards are serving their essential functions.
ResourcesPresident's Evaluation Form
Sample worksheet to evaluate the executive director’s job performance.
Sample CEO Performance Evaluation Form
Sample annual CEO performance evaluation form, from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.
Sample Board and Director Self-Evaluation Form
Sample self evaluation form for board members, from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.
Checklist for Accountability
Lists 9 steps for creating an accountable, transparent organization, recommended resources and a self-test for your "accountability IQ.”
Accountability Tools for Private Foundations
Private foundations can use this tool to ensure they are complying with federal laws and to assess how well they are engaging in recommended practices for being accountable to the public.
Conflicts of Interest at Foundations: Avoiding the Bad and Managing the Good
Presents 5 questions foundations should ask when developing a conflict of interest policy and outlaws related laws. Includes examples of situations and documents.
Board Compensation - Discussion GuideAdjunct, Associate and Junior Boards - Discussion Guide
This discussion guide lists arguments for and against trustee compensation as well as alternatives.
This discussion guide lists questions to consider for family foundations that want to involve younger members in its governance.
Principles for Good Governance & Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations
Guide from the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector that outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations.
Center for Effective Philanthropy
CEP’s mission is to provide management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall foundation performance.
BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.
GrantCraft offers practical insights and tools that illuminate the challenges and skills of the craft of grantmaking and help you be a more effective grantmaker.