Research Grants on Foundation Spend-Down

Posted by on August 13, 2007

Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program Launches Research Project on Foundation Spend-Down
Deadline: August 29, 2007

With funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program (<a href=""></a>) has launched a research initiative on foundation spend-down. "Spend-down" is the growing practice among foundations of "sunsetting" or spending down their assets over a specific period of time rather than maintaining their organizations in perpetuity. The Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program invites research proposals to examine, in a systematic manner, priority issues related to foundation spend-down.

While awareness of the spend-down option has grown in recent years, there has been little research on the subject. The goal of this research grantmaking program is to develop new knowledge about spend-down that will facilitate greater — and more informed — discussion of this practice in the philanthropy and policy communities.

The Aspen Institute currently has up to approximately $250,000 in total funding to allocate to this work. Individual grant awards are expected to range from $10,000 to $75,000 each, and proposals are invited at all funding levels.

For more information about this grant program, please contact the Aspen Institute.

Rachel Mosher-Williams
Project Director
Tel: 202.736.2501


Sue Marx Smock
Senior Consultant
Tel: 202.736.2902

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