Granting Funds to a Charter School Attended by the Child of a Foundation Trustee

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December 14, 2014

Question: Is there any conflict of interest for a family foundation to grant funds to a charter school where the child of the foundation trustee is enrolled?

Answer: A family foundation may be able to authorize a grant to a charter school where one of its trustees attends. The school might want to inquire to make sure the foundation is following its own granting rules, such as requiring an application, conducting a site visit, or perhaps confirming that the recipient school meets any focus area requirements the foundation may have. It is up to the family foundation to ensure that its donations meet all applicable tax requirements.