Organizational Profile

Beldon Fund


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.

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Target Audience: Grants management staff, Program staff, Communications staff, Executive staff, Financial staff, Advisors

Services Provided: Resources

Geographic Scope: National

Target Organizations: Public foundation, Donor advised, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation

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