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The Foundation Administrator

A Study of Those Who Manage America's Foundations

Arnold John Zurcher, Jane Dustan

Publication Year: 1972

This book offers a systematic study of those individuals who derive their livelihood and professional satisfactions from foundation employment above a clerical level. Replies to questionnaires addressed to foundations and to foundation staff, supplemented by other research, enabled the authors to secure a wealth of data, not previously available, concerning such staff personnel. The data relates to their origin, education or training, professional or occupational background, personal qualities, recruitment for foundation service, job specialization in foundations and in-service and on-the-job training, salary levels, retirement, fringe benefits and perquisites of various kinds. These data are systematically analyzed according to the employing foundation's asset size, program, founding auspices, staff size, geographical location, and other variables. The comprehensiveness of the data also makes possible a census of full-time and part-time staff employed by all foundations and better reveals the rather distorted pattern of the distribution of that staff among the employing foundations.

A feature of the study is a chapter that tabulates and analyzes the comments on foundation employment of some 420 foundation executives—on their satisfactions, dissatisfactions, and frustrations and on how foundation employment might be made more attractive. The pros and cons of the related issue of increased professionalization of foundation service is considered in the light of these comments and from the standpoint, also, of the current philanthropic policies of different kinds of foundations. The probable long-term effect on foundation service of certain provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1969 is also examined.

Published by: Russell Sage Foundation

Series: Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust


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Title page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables

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pp. vii-x

List of Figures

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pp. xi-xii


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pp. xiii-xvi

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pp. 1-18

Although foundations have played a prominent and, on the whole, commendable role in promoting American scientific and cultural life, the way in which they operate and make decisions remains largely a mystery to the general public. Often, it is a mystery to that part of the public which is otherwise well informed. ...

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Chapter 1. The Extent of Foundation Staffing - Absense of Staffing Policies

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pp. 19-36

In a country that sets such store by managerial skills in its business structure as does the United States, it is something of a paradox that extension of these skills to nonprofit enterprise has been 50 slow. Full-time, professionally trained, and properly rewarded executive leadership and adequate staffing in administrative posts have only recently been accepted in the nation's universities, colleges, hospitals, and similar institutions. ...

Chapter 2. The Employment and Specialization of Staff

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pp. 37-54

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Chapter 3. Preparation, Recruitment, and Retirement of Staff

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pp. 55-74

As with other aspects of foundation personnel administration, there is a wide variety of practice relating to preparation and recruitment of candidates for service with foundations. These differences reflect the variation in the type of foundation-its asset size, the kind of program it supports, and even the degree to which it has already accepted the idea of a paid staff. ...

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Chapter 4. The Compensation Practices of Foundations: Chief Executives

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pp. 75-84

No aspect of this study has inspired more questions and expressions of interest than the subject of salaries and such allied compensation as fringe benefits. Judging from the formal and informal inquiries from people within the foundation community and from others outside it, there is a keen desire for information on salaries for immediate use in specific situations. ...

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Chapter 5. The Compensation Practices of Foundations: Staff Compensation and Fringe Benefits

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pp. 85-104

For purposes of comparison and discussion, the study's directors, as noted earlier, established ten categories of positions in addition to that of chief executive, gathering the almost infinite variety of specific titles under general labels designed to be functionally descriptive.1 In this second chapter on compensation, ...

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Chapter 6. The Foundation Administrator Looks at His Job

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pp. 105-122

Up to this point the focus has been on the factual data that relate to the foundation administrator and the institution for which he works. In analyzing and interpreting these data, policies and practices that affect foundation executive-level staff have been examined, and various aspects of the role and status of the foundation administrator have been explored in depth. ...

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Chapter 7. Conclusions and Outlook

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pp. 123-134

Although the foundation has been the object of several earlier studies focusing on such aspects as its trustees, its investments, and its relations with government,1 this study is the first to undertake a systematic examination of those who administer foundations. In it some attention has been given to foundations that operate without paid staff and rely on paid or unpaid trustees. ...

Appendix I

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pp. 135-142

Appendix II

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pp. 143-156

Appendix III

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pp. 157-168


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pp. 169-171

E-ISBN-13: 9781610440172
E-ISBN-10: 161044017X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780871549969
Print-ISBN-10: 0871549964

Page Count: 187
Publication Year: 1972

Series Title: Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust
Series Editor Byline: Karen S. Cook, Russell Hardin, Margaret Levi, series editors See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 922072052
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  • Political culture -- Mexico.
  • Trust -- Mexico.
  • Trust -- Argentina.
  • Democratization -- Mexico.
  • Democratization -- Argentina.
  • Political culture -- Argentina.
  • Public opinion -- Argentina.
  • Public opinion -- Mexico.
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