Time Limited Philanthropy

The Center is continuing to assemble a library of online reports, case studies, and other resources related to time limited philanthropy. This type of philanthropy, also referred to as "limited life" or "spend down", refers to foundations who are choosing to spend out all of their funds by a certain date. This entails spending at a much larger rate than perpetual foundations, and begs the question of which is best for the greater good of society. The Center seeks to explore and study this question and the benefits and drawbacks of time limited foundations through research, seminars, and scholarly study. 


Included in the library are documents produced by the Center and by other institutions, including foundations. If you are aware of any resources that should be included in the library but are not listed below, please bring them to the attention of Lisa Buckley at lisa.buckley@duke.edu.



Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation