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

Old Tools, Revolutionary Results

February 7, 2017

Using only the traditional tactics of standard philanthropy, the Revson Foundation helped New York City’s struggling branch libraries regain support from City Hall and begin rebuilding their crumbling infrastructure.



Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation