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Donor Intent

Get Help Protecting Donor Intent

From clarifying your charitable purpose to adopting effective governance structures, The Philanthropy Roundtable has services and resources designed to help you safeguard your donor intent.

Protecting Donor Intent

This Philanthropy Roundtable guidebook lays out how to define and safeguard your philanthropic principles.

Donor Intent Resource Library

Find the best articles, books, and panel discussions on the topic of establishing and preserving donor intent.

When Philanthropy Goes Wrong

In this Wall Street Journal essay, Adam Meyerson warns donors against the risk of redirected gifts.

Clawing Back Donor Intent After It Has Been Lost

Some cautionary examples from the experience of the Daniels Fund—a foundation that managed to reclaim its donor’s intent.

Going for Broke

How foundations sunset, and the reasons it’s becoming popular

The Insider’s Guide to Spend Down

A few years ago, the John M. Olin Foundation began the process of spending down its assets in preparation for closing its doors. It is now well along this path, and has learned a few lessons along the way.

Good Giving from the Grave

How donors and charities can plan wisely to avoid posthumous punch-ups

Big Bets and the Aspiration Gap

What accounts for the difference between what donors want to achieve and where they make their largest gifts?

Donor Intent Rescued in CT

When Shelby Cullom Davis gave $750,000 to Connecticut’s Trinity College in 1976 to endow a chair to teach private enterprise and entrepreneurship, he specified that there would be “no exceptions whatsoever” in...