Research on time-limited philanthropy used to be scarce, but it’s expanding fast. Foundation Center has just scanned the intellectual landscape, and the results are intriguing.
Are foundation officers more courageous risk-takers than other people? Some new research says: Evidently not. Then again, should they be?
Applications of Behavioral Economics in Philanthropy: Understanding Loss Aversion and Risk Tolerance in Grantmaking
John R. Ettinger and John T. Ettinger
For a foundation spending down, the final years entail a lot of ending, closing, and exiting. But there are good reasons why they should also include some creative new work.
A lot of foundations automatically shun proposals for buildings. There are good reasons to reconsider.
Organizations need change periodically, and most of them think they’ve found the perfect one. The Ford Foundation isn’t so sure, but it’s open to suggestion.
Foundations hold troves of important research and evaluations. But how do they decide what parts of this to publicize, how, and for what audiences?