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October 13, 2014

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Stay awhile and explore the features we've added, like the Time-Limited Philanthropy section, which highlights the Center’s extensive work on foundations that are spending out their endowments and completing their work on a fixed schedule. Take a look at our streamlined Case Study Database, with over 600 case studies of philanthropy in action.


Value, Time, and Time-Limited Philanthropy


Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society
Leaders of time-limited foundations often assert that spending all of their resources in a relatively short period gives them the ability to do more good, to produce more social value, than if they were to hold the same resources in a lasting endowment and disburse only the proceeds. That belief has motivated many signatories of the Giving Pledge, including the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Chuck Feeney. The idea has an intuitive appeal, and perhaps as a result, it is rarely questioned.

Theory and Practice in Grantmaking

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Charitable foundations are one of the most concentrated sources of social capital in American society, distributing almost $43 billion in 2007 to promote scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes. While they represent only a small portion of charitable giving, their influence is far larger. Foundations shape the nonprofit sector, influencing both the strategies taken by their grantees and the management of their work.
Franklin, Jason
Lyons, William J.


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