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The power of urgency (complete version): The Eckerd Family Foundation’s limited life approach

Jason C. Born
Kathy Whelpley

This expanded history of the Passages Issue Brief of the same name 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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