What’s Next for Philanthropy?

The world around philanthropy is changing much, much faster than philanthropy itself. An intimidating range of forces–globalization, shifting sectoral roles, economic crisis, and new technologies–are changing both what philanthropy is called upon to do, and how donors and foundations will accomplish their work in the future. For philanthropic and civic leaders looking to cultivate change in today’s rapidly shifting landscape, simply tweaking the status quo won’t be enough. Funders will have to pioneer “next practices”–effective approaches that are well-suited to tomorrow’s more networked, dynamic, and interdependent context.

With this in mind, Monitor Institute is pleased to announce the publication of What’s Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World. The piece updates our 2005 report, Looking Out for the Future, and represents more than a decade of work by the Institute in exploring the evolving “future of philanthropy.” It highlights the changing context in which funders now operate, and identifies ten emerging next practices that can help funders of all sorts increase their impact over the coming decade.

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, What’s Next for Philanthropy argues that while the cutting edge of philanthropic innovation over the last decade has been mostly about improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of individual organizations, the next practices of the coming 10 years will have to build on those efforts to include an additional focus on coordination and adaption–acting bigger and adapting better.

To apply these approaches in your own organization and philanthropic efforts, use any of the links on the left to download the report or its accompanying do-it-yourself innovation toolkit.

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July 2010

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