The Power of Urgency – The Eckerd Family Foundation’s Limited Life Approach (Passages Version)

Jason C. Born
Lauren Hasey Maher
Kathy Whelpley
[Photo: Ruth and Jack Eckerd, founders of the Eckerd Family Foundation.]

This Passages Issue Brief chronicles the experiences of the Eckerd Family Foundation, which operated in Tampa, Florida from 1998 to 2012. Organized from its inception as a limited life foundation, the Eckerd Family Foundation took a bold and strategic approach to using its assets to create significant change on issues affecting young people, including juvenile justice, foster care, and education. The board and staff of the foundation were eager to share their story to assist other families interested in the limited life approach, as well as any funder looking to spend down its assets or be more strategic with its giving.

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