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A permanent fund established and maintained by contributions for charitable, educational, religious, research, or other benevolent purposes. An institution or association given to rendering financial aid to colleges, schools, hospitals, and charities and generally supported by gifts for such purposes.

The founding or building of a college or hospital. The incorporation or endowment of a college or hospital is the foundation, and those who endow it with land or other property are the founders.

Preliminary questions to a witness to establish admissibility of evidence. Laying a foundation is a prerequisite to the admission of evidence at trial. It is established by testimony that identifies the evidence sought to be admitted and connects it with the issue in question.


(Basis), noun base, bedrock, beginning, cornerstone, frame, framework, fundamenta, fundamental principle, groundwork, keystone, origin, premise, root, sedes, skeleton, substructure, support, supporting structure, underlying principle, underpinning
Associated concepts: foundation for evidence, foundation of a claim, foundation of a lien, laying a foundation for a document


(Organization), noun association, chariiable institution, charity, eleemosynary corporaaion, endowed institution, endowment, establishment, fund invested for a charitable purpose, institute, institution, orranization to aid the needy, organized body for charity, philanthropic institution, sodalitas
Associated concepts: charitable foundation, not-for-profit organization
See also: association, assumption, basis, building, cause, cornerstone, corporation, creation, criterion, derivation, facility, formation, fund, genesis, ground, institute, institution, mainstay, nascency, onset, organization, origin, origination, outset, postulate, preamble, precedent, preparation, principle, reason, source, stare decisis, start, supposition
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Groups giving the National Council of La Raza more than a million dollars each since the year 2000, according to the Foundation Directory, include the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the California Endowment, the Annie E.
In the late-1980s and early 1990s, the Foundation found that it was not immune to the recession that racked the U.
Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed over $2,220,000 in financial aid and over $2,300,000 in scholarship awards.
Despite the positive impacts of the foundation movement, it also has raised concerns about richer districts getting richer and less affluent districts being left behind.
The Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND through a donation to the FOUNDATION in an individual's name.
The NL/NL article reports that some NEPA board members "expressed dissatisfaction with the activities of the foundation.
5 percent in 2002, according to the Foundation Center, and the 2003 drop may prove even greater, when the numbers are tallied.
In this way, the pre-cast box becomes not only the foundation for the pump but also the base plate, fabricated as a single unit.
John takes great pride in the reactive programs of the Anglican Foundation, but when he and I had conversations, he saw the need for the foundation to be more proactive and consider ways it might give support to new initiatives -- more than bricks and mortar," Bishop Fricker said in an interview.
According to Stuart Kessler, president of the Foundation and a former AICPA chairman, by late May the Foundation had received approximately 2,000 shares of stock from nearly 300 different contributors.
This year, the Foundation developed a new strategic plan with a five-year component, which will provide direction for the research, marketing, education and communication opportunities ahead.
Sheriff's deputies said last week they have assigned a detective to investigate the charges of money missing from Beard-Williams' school district office, which also served the foundation.