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Balancing Purpose, Payout, and Permanence

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Peter F. Bird, Jr., Liz Sak, George Suttles, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Tony Macklin

“How much should we spend?” It’s an essential question for all funders, and an especially complex one for endowed private foundations. The answer of “around 5%” was never universal as foundations sought creative means of ensuring that assets would serve mission rather than the other way around. In recent times, the pressure to revisit payout has increased. Endowed foundations have… Read More

In Times of Growth: Planning for an Influx of Assets

Posted on October 9, 2015 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

An influx of assets is a powerful transition point in your philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing—or, perhaps, try something new. Either way, additional resources will often provide your foundation with new options for making a difference according to your foundation’s mission… Read More

Planning for an Influx of Assets

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Tara Brown, Katherine Lorenz, Elaine Gast Fawcett

An influx of assets—whether sudden or expected—is a powerful transition point in your family’s philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing: making a difference according to your foundation’s mission. For family foundations—particularly those for whom the influx comes as a complete surprise—a change in asset size can feel downright disorienting. … Read More

Spending Policy (David and Lucile Packard Foundation)

Posted on June 10, 2015 by David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation aims to be a long-term, though not necessarily a perpetual institution. Currently it is the intention of the Foundation to exist as a strong foundation working toward important goals in its program areas of interest through at least 2060, representing approximately the lifespan of David and Lucile Packard’s grandchildren. The Foundation is structuring its… Read More

Our History (William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund)

Posted on June 8, 2015 by William C. Graustein

Listen to the history of the Memorial Fund, as told by Bill Graustein: The Story of the Memorial Fund. Listening to the stories of the people, families and communities we work with is an essential part of our work. Supporting and inspiring the children of our communities is what we seek to achieve. The Graustein family immigrated to Boston from… Read More

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