About This Site
Drawing on Beldon’s 10-year experience with spending out while seeking to accomplish an ambitious mission, this web site provides a range of resources for philanthropy and nonprofit advocacy organizations and philanthropic advisors. It includes information, lessons and tips about:
- The practical implications of spending out -
how it affects financial strategy, staffing, operations and grant making programs
- Lessons and Tips
- Case stories of projects
- Independent evaluations of Beldon’s strategies and results
- Additional resources on spending down and spending out
The Beldon Fund was created by John Hunting in 1982 as a national foundation committed to promoting sound environmental policies. In 1998, Beldon received a major infusion of funds from the sale of Hunting’s stock in the Steelcase company. Hunting set the foundation on a new course by deciding to spend all its principal and earnings over the next ten years, with the goal of building a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet.
Beldon made its last grants in June 2008 and closes its doors the end of May 2009. Beldon's archives will be preserved at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library as part of its Philanthropy Collections and available for research in 2014. This website will remain live for the foreseeable future.
The limited time horizon for making a difference shaped decisions about staffing, administrative, investment, grant making, and evaluation strategies. Now that our last grants are out the door, we have taken some time to examine what we learned from this experience and to distill useful insights and lessons.
We developed this website to share these lessons, and other practical information, with philanthropists, philanthropic advisors, foundations, and nonprofit advocacy organizations.