The decisions of when to fund a foundation and how much to fund it with will depend not only on a founder's available assets, but also on how the founder plans to use the foundation. A founder can fund a foundation with one lump-sum contribution and make no further gift. Alternatively, the founder may decide to make periodic contributions to the foundation to build up its assets over a period of years.
This section provides additional reading and guidance on the considerations around how best to fund your family foundation. For a wide variety of additional resources on this topic, current NCFP Friends are invited to login to NCFP's Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center. Please note that the National Center for Family Philanthropy cannot be held liable for specific policies or practices that you adopt after reviewing the documents included here.