Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation: A Study In Spend Down

Alice Buhl

2013

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This is the story of the third generation members of the Miller family who chose to spend down the Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation, with assets of approximately $25 million. Their story is different from many in two important ways. First, the decision to spend down had not been suggested or implied by previous generation donors. Second, the decision was driven by the possibility of making a significant difference in Columbus, Indiana, the family’s historic community, even though only one of the six current generation families still lived there.

 

Buhl, Alice. 2013. Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation: A Study In Spend Down(link is external). Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

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