Governance systems of grant-making foundations

Bethmann, Steffen and von Schnurbein, Georg and Studer , Sibylle. (2014) Governance systems of grant-making foundations. Voluntary sector review, 5 (1). pp. 75-95.

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This article aims at filling an important gap in governance literature. Most governance studies are board-focused and hardly differentiate between different types of non-profit organisations. Surveys on governance structures of independent grant-making foundations are almost non-existent in the current literature. Due to the heavy focus on boards, the roles of executive directors in governance are somewhat neglected. This article presents the results of a multiple case study research project with 12 grant-making foundations in Germany and Switzerland with chief executives as interview partners. Findings show that the roles of the board and the executive director in governance functions vary. Different patterns of foundation governance are evident. Based on a model developed by Saidel and Harlan (1998), we showcase four governance structures in grant-making foundations and use ideal-typical organisational charts for illustration. The results of this study shed light on the black boxes of foundations and inform practice and research alike.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) > Stiftungsmanagement (von Schnurbein)
UniBasel Contributors:von Schnurbein, Georg and Bethmann, Steffen and Studer, Sibylle
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Policy Press
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article -- This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, see DOI link.
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