Six Pathways to Enduring Results: Lessons from Spend-down Foundations

A growing number of foundations and philanthropists, including the Brainerd Foundation, have elected to give away their money by a fixed date rather than establish perpetual foundations. This report from the Bridgespan Group follows six spend-down foundations and provides useful tips for other philanthropists on how they can align their giving with a path that best accommodates their goals.

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Greater Good: Lessons Learned from Those Who Have Started Major Grantmaking Organizations

To learn more about what it takes to effectively get a grantmaking organization off the ground, CEP interviewed 35 leaders—including trustees, CEOs, program staff, and operations staff—of 14 grantmaking organizations that were established, or that experienced significant growth, in the past 20 years and that hold at least $350 million in assets.

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Finding a place under the big tent

The Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, a program operated by Social Venture Partners and funded by the Brainerd Foundation, was inspired by Paul Brainerd's belief in the importance of passing the baton to a new generation of conservation philanthropists. Here's the story of one participant's philanthropic journey.

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How we're helping to seed new philanthropy

It all began six years ago when we provided seed funding for a philanthropic training program that we hoped would buttress the current investments of existing Northwest environmental funders, as well as spawn new ideas for the challenges that will emerge after our sunset.

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