The Atlantic Philanthropies, a foundation set up in 1982 by Charles Feeney, the co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers Group, will spend down its assets and stop making grants in 2016.
Earlier this week, Atlantic’s president Christopher Oechsli posted a letter to grantees on the foundation’s website, laying out some of the strategy for its final years.
Atlantic has invested upward of $6 billion in grants around the world over its 30-year history. Oechsli said that although the foundation’s remaining assets were substantial, they were “extremely limited in comparison to the needs and opportunities,” requiring difficult choices.
At present, Atlantic’s endowment has $2.2 billion, of which $1.3 billion remains to be granted, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
To be most effective in its final years, Oechsli said, Atlantic will need to focus narrowly on its core program objectives and experiences. The core areas are aging, children and youth, health, and reconciliation and human rights as well as Founding Chairman grants.