A Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations

What: FREE GuideStar Webinar

Date: October 17, 2017

Time: 12 noon ET


  • Jacob Harold, President and CEO, GuideStar
  • Austin Long, Director, Assessment and Advisory Services, CEP
  • Emily Wexler, Senior Manager, Programs, GEO

Efficient, well-functioning foundations are the key to a thriving civic society.

Join us for a webinar based on the recently published whitepaper, "A Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations." During this presentation, our speakers will explore ways to bring greater efficiency to your foundation, while retaining the qualities that make your organization unique. The conversation will touch upon these concepts:

  • Be Transparent to the Public
  • Be Rigorous—But Remain Respectful of Your Applicants
  • Be Responsive to Your Constituents
  • Be Proactive about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Click here to download a copy of "A Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations."

Webinar Presenters

Jacob Harold, GuideStar

Jacob HaroldJacob Harold is the President and CEO of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits. He came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he oversaw $30 million in grants which, together, sought to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Earlier in his career, he worked as strategist and campaigner at the Bridgespan Group, the Packard Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, and Green Corps. 

Jacob has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, and Tsinghua. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of the Complex Systems Summer School at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Jacob was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.

Austin Long, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

AustinLong_Updated.9.20.17.jpgAustin Long, Director, Assessment and Advisory Services, leads relationships with funders using CEP’s assessments, with a particular focus on funders in the western half of the country. He oversees the creation and presentation of CEP’s assessment reports, and assists in the development of new assessments. Austin is a frequent speaker at conferences and to funder boards and staff on topics of grantee, donor, and foundation staff feedback.

Before joining CEP, Austin worked at the Corporate Executive Board, where he focused on providing assessment tools, research, and networking to a global membership of senior executives. He is currently pursuing a certificate in Advanced Project Management at Stanford University. Austin holds a BS in Engineering Science with concentrations in Corporate Strategy and Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University.

Emily Wexler, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

emily-wexler-125x175.jpgEmily Wexler is a senior manager on GEO’s program team. She previously served as a project specialist for the Scaling What Works initiative and has been with GEO since June 2011. In her current position Emily develops and delivers content for GEO peer learning, speaking engagements, publications and other programming.

Prior to joining GEO Emily received her master of public policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. During her time at the Sanford School, Emily focused on the use of communities and research to design effective social policies and programs. In particular, she worked with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for her masters project to provide strategy and analysis on how to successfully implement data collection tools in North Carolina’s domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. Emily is an alumna of Princeton University’s Emerging Leaders Program and a 2016/2017 Compass Pro Bono Consulting Project Leader.

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