Private foundation rules further provide that people charged with selecting scholarship recipients must not be in a position to derive an economic benefit, directly or indirectly, from the scholarship process. In general, relatives of applicants should not serve on committees that will consider these requests for aid. However, there may be circumstances in which it is impossible to avoid a conflict (when a scholarship committee is required to include the principal of the local high school and she has a son who’s a terrific candidate for the award). The community foundation should attempt to spot such conflicts in advance and adopt policies to resolve them (for example, allowing the principal to recuse herself from voting that year so that her child can be eligible).

Private foundations have a duty to monitor the spending of the grant and ensure that it was used for a charitable purpose.