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What Foundations Need to Consider When They Decide to Spend Down

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed me about why a growing number of foundations are spending down their assets. At Arabella, we advise funders who undertake spending down in the same way we would any other philanthropist: begin with a well-defined focus that reflects their values, determine the time frame in which they want to accomplish their goals, and develop an evidence-based strategy to do just that. However, the hard-and-fast timelines inherent in spend down mean that funders need to revise their strategies with a particular eye to the sustainability of their initiatives (knowing the foundations won’t be there to monitor them in the future) and to be even more disciplined about sticking to their plans. Continue reading >

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