Authors: John E. Craig, Jr.
The Archives of U.S. Foundations: An Endangered Species

A foundation's archives preserve records of the programs, activities, products, governance, people, and history of the organization that may have enduring cultural, historical, research, or institutional value. Ideally, an archive should be part of... + More

Bringing the International Experience to Bear on the U.S. Health Reform Debate: The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships Program: 2011 Executive Vice President-COO's Report

Reviews a fellowship program that enables early- to midcareer professionals to take a yearlong sabbatical to study healthcare policy issues, the fellows' impact on the field through research and publications, challenges, and lessons learned. + More

Rethinking the Management of Foundation Endowments

Reviews the performance of foundation endowments since October 2007, lessons for investors, trends in endowment management models, and the strengths and weaknesses of five models. Recommends ways to make the most of investment consultants. + More

New Financial Realities: The Response of Private Foundations

Reviews the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and its impact on private foundations, proposes a framework for analyzing the sector, offers lessons learned on endowment management, and examines the implications for spending plans and program... + More

High-Performing Foundations: The Role of Risk Management: 2007 Executive Vice President?COO's Report

Outlines the fund's areas of risk exposure -- endowment; governance, leadership, and staff; operating model; programs; reputation; catastrophic event; building; and regulatory compliance -- and the risk management measures taken for each. + More