Intrepid Philanthropist Blog

A Note on Spend-Down Foundations

July 18, 2012

On June 6-7, 2012, the Center hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. for representatives of foundations that are in the process of spending down their assets.

Bricks, Mortar, and Meaning

May 21, 2015

A lot of foundations automatically shun proposals for buildings. There are good reasons to reconsider.

As Sunset Approaches

February 21, 2012

Even under normal circumstances, it can be tricky for foundations to change a grantmaking strategy once it’s launched (hence all the learned writing on “mid-course correction” and “exit strategies,

Year Three Report on AVI CHAI now available

November 17, 2011

For the past three years, I have been chronicling the ongoing process of spend-down at AVI CHAI, a foundation located in Jerusalem and New York with programs in Israel, North America, and the forme



Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation