Where’s The Horizon: Giving While Living, Defining The Endpoint, Or Endowing For Perpetuity

How long should a giving program or foundation last? Is it best for donors to distribute their all philanthropic resources in their lifetime? Or should a giving program or foundation be established with a defined goal and endpoint, whether it’s 10, 20 or 30 years? Or is it most effective to endow a foundation that will have permanent giving capacity? Each option has strong proponents, along with clear advantages and distinct drawbacks, and this issue of Linkages examines these three different philosophies.

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Strategic Lifespan and Limited Life Foundations

This NCFP Content Collection is aimed at new donors considering what strategic lifespan will best work for their foundation, as well as existing foundations that have already set a closing date, or any family or board contemplating the question.

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