Joel Fleishman, professor of law and public policy at Duke University, and Tony Proscio, a long-time philanthropic analyst and author, deliver short presentations on their ongoing work with two foundations that are currently spending down: The Atlantic Philanthropies and The AVI CHAI Foundation.
Both foundations are planning to sunset around 2020. The presentations and discussion session will address the motivations and reasons for spending down, how the decision to spend down impacts foundation strategy, the legal issues with spend-down foundations, staffing concerns, role of the Board, and long-term considerations for grantees after a foundation's grant money stops.
Joel Flishman is professor of law and public policy at Duke University.
TONY PROSCIO is a writer and a consultant to foundations and major nonprofit organizations on planning, evaluation, and communications. His clients include the United Nations Secretariat, the Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, and Rockefeller Foundations, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the California Endowment, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He offers strategic consulting on program design and evaluation, branding and messaging, and policy analysis