Staffing the Foundation

Global Philanthropists Circle (Synergos)



Case Study Sector


These two mini case studies, excerpted from the book Foundation Building Sourcebook: A Practitioners Guide Based upon Experience from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, examine how a professional staff is hired and developed so that they can effectively carry out the foundation’s programmatic and administrative responsibilities. In the first case, the role of the Executive Director is examined. The second example explores the well-developed personnel systems of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).

  • The Role of an Executive Director—Esquel Ecuador Foundation
  • Personnel Systems—Foundation for the Philippine Environment



  • Evaluation
  • Partnership


  • Asia
  • Latin America

Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation