Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: What Spending Down Well Can Accomplish—Lessons Learned from the Pierce Family Foundation

The Pierce Family Foundation sunsetted at the end of 2023. Why did they decide to spend down? How did they ensure they provided the most impactful support to nonprofits?

Join us for a conversation with Laura Jansen, former Director of Programs and Operations at the Pierce Family Foundation, who will share insights from the foundation’s spend down journey. Dig deeper into the key lessons they learned and how these can be applied to your family philanthropy—from making the decision, to ensuring you make maximum impact with the non-profits you support.

Recommended resource: In advance of sunsetting at the end of 2023, the Pierce Family Foundation published a document, Small But Mighty: A History of the Pierce Family Foundation, that outlined the foundation’s history and what they learned over 18 years of grantmaking.

For those who would like to participate, we will have an additional 15 minutes of networking time at the end of the program.

If you are unable to attend this event, but are interested in being a part of the Strategic Lifespan Peer Network, sign up here. For this interactive meeting, we encourage attendees to join with webcams on. To help foster candid discussions, peer network events are not recorded.

Featured Speakers

Priscilla Enriquez

Priscilla Enriquez is the Chief Executive Officer of The James B. McClatchy Foundation. She provides leadership…

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Laura Jansen

Laura Jansen is currently the Executive Director, Cuore e Mani Foundation based in Chicago. She previously…

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Anne Marie Toccket

Anne Marie Toccket has worked across the globe with social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to…

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