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Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How Do Family Foundations Decide?

April 30, 2009

Presents findings on family foundations' choices to spend down or to exist in perpetuity and the factors involved, including foundation assets, age, and presence of a living founder. Explores potential effects of the economic crisis on lifespan planning.

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Highlights of Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How Do Family Foundations Decide?

April 1, 2009

To answer the basic question of how many active family foundations are planning to spend down or exist in perpetuity (or have not yet made a decision), and to examine foundations' motivations and decision-making, the Foundation Center, in collaboration with the Council on Foundations and with additional assistance from the Association of Small Foundations, launched a study of family foundations in 2008. The report, Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How do Family Foundations Decide?, presents the full range of study findings, which are based on survey responses from 1,074 family foundations. This brief summarizes key findings from the report.

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