The Power of Urgency – the Eckerd Family Foundation

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Jason Born

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… Read More

The Effective Exit: Managing the End of a Funding Relationship

Posted on November 17, 2007 by Anne Mackinnon, Jan Jaffe

Effective exits are more likely to happen when grant makers discuss exiting and its implications from the start. Guide contributors share how they plan exits, clarify expectations regularly, and work with grantees to attract new funders. Experienced exiters also offer words of advice on working through (not avoiding) the tensions that so often arise as the end approaches… Read More

Alternatives to Perpetuity: a Conversation Every Foundation Should Have

Posted on October 21, 2005 by Deanne Stone

This Passages is aimed at new donors considering a limited lifespan for their foundation, existing foundations that have already set a closing date, or any family contemplating the question of perpetuity. Author Deanne Stone gives background on the perpetuity vs. spending down debate and discusses the motivations for considering an alternative to perpetuity. The paper then identifies the basic challenges… Read More

Softening the Painful Path to Goodbye

Posted on June 28, 2004 by Andrea Johnson

For grantmakers and grantseekers alike, developing en exit strategy before funding begins might seems counterintuitive. Everyone knows the problems funders and civil society organizations seeks to resolve are highly complex and deep-rooted… Read More

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