Strategic Lifespan - Spending Up, Spending Down, Spending Out


Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: Learning from the Pascale Sykes Foundation

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Frances P. Sykes

The Pascale Sykes Foundation is in the process of spending its assets by 2022 or 2023. President Frances Sykes will discuss their spend down decision and answer questions about this experience. Get to know Frances and the Pascale Sykes Foundation through this real-life example and family member perspective. As a reminder, our Peer Network events are not recorded. Come ready to… Read More

Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: Discussions with Boards and Senior Staff—A Dialogue with David La Piana

Posted on February 18, 2020 by David La Piana

Consultants are often brought to the table to help board and staff make critical decisions and to lend expertise as external voices in the process. Consultant David La Piana has worked with many spend down foundations about their own strategic decisions within the organization. Join David to hear experiences of foundations across the field and to learn about working closely… Read More

Philanthropic Spend Down: A Retreat Sponsored by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation (April 2020)

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Christopher G. Oechsli, Barbara Kibbe, Tony Proscio

In light of COVID-19, all attendees have been directly contacted and offered an abbreviated virtual program or to register for our October west coast retreat in California or to review other options with staff. A rescheduled date for this east coast retreat will be announced in late May. Additional support opportunities were also sent to attendees, on behalf of our… Read More

Studying Resiliency: Selected Bibliography

Posted on November 18, 2019 by S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation defines resiliency as the capacity of an organization to respond effectively to change, to adapt successfully to new and unforeseen conditions and circumstances – and to seize opportunity. The Foundation commissioned Monitor Institute to conduct a comprehensive literature review. In 2015, the Monitor team developed a rich bibliography of publications relevant to resiliency, including specific sources related to each of the resiliency factors used in the Guide… Read More

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