Intrepid Philanthropist Blog

Something Ventured, Something Gained

September 20, 2013

Sixteen years ago, William P. Ryan, a philanthropy scholar and consultant, wrote an epochally influential article in the Harvard Business Review, with co-authors Christine W.

Feeling the Pressures of a Limited Life

August 7, 2013

 Leadership changes, strategic reviews, the closing of some programs and a fresh emphasis on others — all these are part of the normal cycle at just about any foundation.

A Note on Spend-Down Foundations

July 18, 2012

On June 6-7, 2012, the Center hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. for representatives of foundations that are in the process of spending down their assets.

Bricks, Mortar, and Meaning

May 21, 2015

A lot of foundations automatically shun proposals for buildings. There are good reasons to reconsider.

As Sunset Approaches

February 21, 2012

Even under normal circumstances, it can be tricky for foundations to change a grantmaking strategy once it’s launched (hence all the learned writing on “mid-course correction” and “exit strategies,

Year Three Report on AVI CHAI now available

November 17, 2011

For the past three years, I have been chronicling the ongoing process of spend-down at AVI CHAI, a foundation located in Jerusalem and New York with programs in Israel, North America, and the forme



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