Definition of Foundation

Permanent fund established and maintained by contributions for charitable, educational, religious, research, or other benevolent purpose. 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 he who endows it with land or other property is the founder. Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 17 U.S. (4 Wheat.) 518, 4 L.Ed. 629; Seagrave’s Appeal, 125 Pa. 362, 17 A. 412; Union Baptist Ass’n v. Huhn, 7 Tex.Civ.App. 249, 26 S.W. 755.

Preliminary questions to witness to establish admissibility of evidence. "Laying foundation” is a prerequisite to the admission of evidence at trial. It is established by testimony which identifies the evidence sought to be admitted and connects it with the issue in question. Taylor v. State, Wyo., 642 P.2d 1294, 1295. See, e.g., Fed.Evid.R. 104.

See also Charitable foundation; Endowment.

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