Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act Liberalizes Endowment Spending and Clarifies Investment Standards for Charitable Institutions

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Massachusetts recently joined 39 other states and the District of Columbia by enacting a version of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA). Most notably, and in contrast to prior law, UPMIFA permits Massachusetts institutions that hold funds exclusively for charitable purposes to tap into endowment funds whose values have depreciated below their “historic dollar values” (i.e., “underwater” endowment funds). The new law, which is effective as of June 30, 2009, also applies to funds held by a trustee for a charitable community trust.

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