Give Foundations (Collectively) a Piece of Your Mind

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I know Ruth McCambridge, you know Ruth McCambridge, and I’m sure we agree that I’m no Ruth McCambridge. Our editor-in-chief is on a well-deserved vacation, so I’m a temporary and hopefully reasonable facsimile that will suffice for you until the real McCoy, I mean the real McCambridge, returns. 

In any case, I checked my LinkedIn account this morning and discovered that the Council on Foundations is soliciting input on the attributes and qualifications the Council should look for in a replacement for Steve Gunderson, whose last day at the helm of the foundation trade association is today.

I’ll guess that the Council would prefer input from Council members or foundations in general, not from regular old nonprofits, but wouldn’t it be great if the Council wanted to hear from nonprofits that receive support from foundations (not to mention nonprofits that don’t)? And what if the Council really incorporated nonprofits’ suggestions in its search process? 

Tell us what you think the Council on Foundations should be seeking in a new president and CEO, and we’ll compile them for the NPQ website—and send them to our friends at the Council. In place of the real McCambridge, you can send your ideas to me.

Not to worry: Ruth will be back from her sojourn next week. But in the meantime, keep looking to the NPQ website for thought-provoking newswires as well as practical feature stories.

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