A board full of individuals who are prepared, present and willing to give of themselves can elevate the performance of any philanthropy. And few organizations have greater incentive to fully tap the potential of their boards than community foundations, most of which are poised for rapid growth but challenged by limited experience and resources. From 2005 to 2011, The James Irvine Foundation worked closely with a set of California's youngest and smallest community foundations through our Community Foundations Initiative II, investing $12 million to accelerate their growth and leadership potential. Through this work, participating community foundations gained special perspective on why an engaged board is essential to achieving their missions and how to build boards that are ready to learn, support and best represent the community foundations they've agreed to serve. Indeed, helping community foundations bring out the best in their board members, individually and collectively, has been one of the more enduring areas of value gained from this work.
Nonprofits and Philanthropy
James Irvine Foundation
North America / United States (Western) / California
(c) 2012 The James Irvine Foundation, FSG and Williams Group. This edition of Insight may be reprinted or photocopied for free distribution,
IssueLab's Embeddable Widget
Use this super simple form to customize and generate the code you need to display this content in your own environment - no programming required. The feed will inherit more specific styles, like font face and font color, from your website.
Your widget code
Suggest a Report
Please use the form below to provide us with your recommendation, and we'll check it out. Include your name and email address along with your suggestion just in case we need to get in touch. Thank you for contacting us.
Inform Your Practice. Increase Your Impact.
Welcome to NNCG's Knowledge Center -- a searchable, online database of resources for and about grantmaking, produced by highly qualified and experienced philanthropy consultants.
NNCG's Knowledge Center contains a wealth of reports, case studies, infographics, issue briefs, videos and more that offer ideas, research and helpful information about almost every aspect of philanthropy. Each item was authored or published by an NNCG member.
NNCG constructed the Knowledge Center in partnership with IssueLab by Candid -- one of the most respected and trusted sources of information in the philanthropic field.