June 2004

The vexed question of exit

Volume 9 , Number 2

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The vexed question of exit

Volume 9 , Number 2

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Editorial

The vexed question of exit

Whenever the assets of foundations take a dip, out goes the classic call from boards and senior management to downsize and more tightly focus programme activities. The most recent three-year down cycle in the US (2000, 2001 and 2002) was no exception, and since many foundations determine their spending policy on the basis of a multi-year rolling average of asset values, foundation giving may continue to be down for another year or two. Few will dispute a foundation’s right to change the style of its grantmaking, the substantive areas it works in or the scale of its operations, as long …

Talking too much?

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