Giving While Living: the Beldon Fund Spend-Out Story

The Beldon Fund was created by John Hunting in 1982 as a national foundation committed to promoting sound environmental policies. In 1998, Beldon received a major infusion of funds from the sale of Hunting’s stock in the Steelcase company. Hunting set the foundation on a new course by deciding to spend all its principal and earnings over the next ten years, with the goal of building a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. Beldon made its last grants in June 2008 and will close its doors in June 2009.

This report contains insights on the Beldon Fund’s program strategies and impact, and related lessons and tips for other funders.

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