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Council on Foundations Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Frustrating leadership, great members"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Council on Foundations full-time

    Pros

    Our members are really great! The office location is convenient to the Metro. The staff are dedicated and hard working.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't listen to lower-level employees and there's a big disconnect. I don't see much growth potential. Lots of staff turnover and those that are still here are looking for new jobs. There are lots of open positions so we're all trying to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!

    Council on Foundations2015-08-26
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Needs new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Council on Foundations

    Pros

    Talented and engaged junior and mid-level staff; comparable pay relative to other associations; easy commuting location; nice office; good work-life balance depending on position

    Cons

    Top-heavy management intent on constant staff reorganization; lack of communication between upper management and the rest of the staff; lack of focus on members; lack of understanding of member needs; lack of interest in offering quality programming; lack of promotion opportunity for mid-level and junior staff; those who offer opinions are treated poorly; lack of room for innovation.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is removed from understanding both the staff and the members' needs. The CEO's "vision" has gotten watered-down and is not reflective of where the organization needs to go, and how it needs to innovate. Upper-level management is more concerned with placating the CEO than on affecting real change. The member attrition and constant staff turnover is placing an intense strain on the organization's long-term viability.

    Council on Foundations2015-08-12
  3. Helpful (3)

    "RUN THE OTHER WAY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Council on Foundations full-time

    Pros

    Lower level staff are awesome

    Cons

    UPPER MANAGEMENT. They are constantly promoting themselves and giving themselves raises when the rest of us are getting passed over with no chance for promotion! There are way too many open positions and the rest of us have to pick up the pieces!!

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to take a hard look at the CEO and see why the sector isn't impressed and why the dues invoicing is going so badly. The CEO is running this organization into the ground and it's really sad!!

    Council on Foundations2015-09-02
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Needs new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Council on Foundations for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Staff worked hard to provide top-notch service

    Cons

    Constantly undermined by VPs and CEO that were weak leaders - very toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus organization on members and what they really want, not what you think they need.

    Council on Foundations2015-08-13
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Philanthropic Non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Council on Foundations

    Pros

    staff, members, foundations helping make a difference in the world but mostly North America

    Cons

    senior management was horrible. didn't know how to lead or manage

    Advice to Management

    be kind to staff

    Council on Foundations2015-05-20
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Completely Unprofessionally"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Council on Foundations full-time

      Pros

      Mid level staff and entry level staff got along with each other very well and there was a sense of family.

      Cons

      -Human Resource Department was completely clueless and didn't understand confidentiality. -CEO felt that she was too high up to interact with staff that were not considered "Leadership Team" and created a hostile environment of fear. -Many of the "Executives" are too young, and don't know what they are doing. -Only the favorites were promoted -Benefits were not that great and the leave policy was a cheap way for...

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      Council on Foundations2015-06-11
    • Helpful (4)

      "Needs improvement"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Council on Foundations full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Location is nice with lots of lunch choices

      Cons

      Top level management is clueless

      Advice to Management

      Listen more

      Council on Foundations2015-03-23
    • Helpful (6)

      "passionate people who care for he sector"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Council on Foundations full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      benefits are through the roof, compared to other associations

      Cons

      staff moral has consistently declined over the past 5 years and i don't see it getting any better

      Advice to Management

      transparency does not mean being transparent to senior level colleagues, it should also include transparency at the coordinator level

      Council on Foundations2013-05-23
    • Helpful (4)

      "Good people dedicated to supporting philanthropy"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at Council on Foundations full-time

      Pros

      Staff at COF are good people dedicated to supporting philanthropy and the member organizations. Many bend over backwards to meet the needs of members and offer excellent customer service.

      Cons

      I spent several years at COF and experienced a lot of staff restructuring and upheaval during that time. Staff are currently working under an oppressive level of organizational uncertainty. The most recent CEO transition resulted in significant staff reductions leaving some of those left behind to take on duties for which they are not qualified. This kind of stress has a ripple effect that senior staff is good at ignoring....

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      Advice to Management

      Be more transparent. Understand the work and value of your employees.

      Council on Foundations2013-03-11
    • Helpful (2)

      "No direction, no reason to exist"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Council on Foundations full-time

      Pros

      Some members are really trying to make the world better.

      Cons

      Racial animosity, unfair hiring practices, favoritism, uneven pay scales.

      Advice to Management

      Stop hiring professional association people who just make messes and leave. Hire quality, especially in HR, where the staff were always bamboozled and intimidated by senior staff to approve phony job descriptions and pay excessive salaries to idiots.

      Council on Foundations2018-06-23
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