This statement from Gary Brinson, founder of The Brinson Foundation, shares his hopes and reasons for establishing the foundation.

“My reasons for creating the Foundation as distinct from pursuing personal philanthropic activity are twofold:

  • The Foundation provides a formal structure for the family to interact as members of the board of directors and to work cooperatively with each other in shaping the direction of our philanthropic interests.
  • The Foundation can have more of a targeted and focused set of priorities that can evolve with the family’s growing knowledge and understanding of philanthropic initiatives. In this sense, my personal beliefs stand a better chance of surviving with the passing of time.”

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