Private foundations contribute to the public good, but they’re under considerable scrutiny now. In 2018 (the last year of data publicly available), 6,000 foundations controlled about $56 billion in assets in Canada. They distribute grants to organizations in nearly every sector of society. Many foundations seek to have greater impacts; many aren’t sure how to be more effective; and many aren’t yet trying very hard to do so. PANL Perspectives examines the work and the critiques of foundations and endowments.

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Forever is a Long Time: A Series that Debates the Pros & Cons of Perpetuity

Should endowments and foundations last forever? Is that strategy still the best way to achieve public good? Our series below presents opinions, videos and articles about the idea that foundations and endowments should last in perpetuity.