The Educational Foundation operates as a separate entity with a 13-member board of directors that is appointed by the GMDC's main board. The Foundation's board is made up of six suppliers and six retailers. David McConnell Jr., GMDC's president and CEO, rounds out the board and provides the tie-breaking vote in case of a split decision. A board member is elected for a three-year term. Board members work in teams; each team is given a specific subject to explore. Potential Foundation projects are presented and then voted upon. Roy White, executive director of the Educational Foundation, executes and helps fund approved projects.