Michael Valmont-Selkirk got his cushy job as the director of the philanthropic Selkirk Foundation the old-fashioned way: he married into it. Although he and Selena, the wealthy daughter of the late tobacco titan R.J. Selkirk and the Foundation's chairman, are no longer married, Michael has retained his position, partly as payment for catching Selena with another man. But try as he might, Michael can't hang with the big boys in the boardroom; though he longs to be admired and respected, he's largely dismissed as the uneducated, middle-class kid that he is. "The Foundation" takes a satirical look at the greedy world of giving. Michael's main interest in charity, after all, is what he can get out of it.