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Council on Foundations launches mentoring program

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The Council on Foundations has launched a new program to provide short-term mentoring on critical issues to member foundation heads.

The Senior Advisors program, part of the council’s initiative called “Building Strong and Ethical Foundations: Doing it Right,” matches private foundation heads with experienced grantmakers to assist them with decisions regarding governance and leadership.

The effort is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle and the GE Foundation in Fairfield, Conn., and is confidential and free to the Washington, D.C.-based council’s private foundation members.

The advisers can help foundations with important issues including as starting a new foundation, bringing on a new chief executive, reorganizing boards and incorporating large gifts, the council says.

The council has chosen seven industry veterans, with a combined 175 years of experience leading foundations, to serve as advisors for the next two years:

  • Phillip B. Hallen, president emeritus, Maurice Falk Fund
  • Reatha Clark King, former president and board chair, General Mills Foundation
  • Handy L. Lindsey Jr., executive direction, Cameron Foundation
  • Skip Rhodes, chair, Council Board Associates, and former manager, community involvement, Chevron
  • Robin S. Tryloff, board chair, Donors Forum of Chicago, and former executive director, Sara Lee Foundation
  • Colburn S. Wilbur, trustee and former president, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Eugene R. Wilson, president, ARCO Foundation

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