Course 1.4 – Transformations and Trends in Philanthropy

Course 1.4 - Transformations and Trends in Philanthropy

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TRACK 1: The Philanthropic Sector

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We live in a time of tremendous – and exciting – change and innovation in philanthropy. Many of the accepted norms are being challenged, and new strategies and methods for giving are being created.

The lessons in this noncredit course introduce you to many of these transformations, from the rising cohort of “next gen donors,” to the use of multiple new vehicles for good such as impact investing, to essential yet still nascent efforts to advance equity as a core practice of any philanthropy that seeks to be effective.



Lesson 1 – Trends in Philanthropy

This lesson introduces some emerging trends in order to better understand, adapt to, and advance the best of what is next for the field of philanthropy.

Instructor: Dr. Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Lesson 3 – Philanthropy’s “Next Gen”

This lesson focuses on the next generation of donors, those who will eventually be the most significant donors ever. This impact-focused generation wants to revolutionize some aspects of philanthropy to improve it for the future.

Instructor: Sharna Goldseker, Executive Director of 21/64.

Lesson 4 – Choose Your Vehicle

This lesson describes the invention and growth of nontraditional giving and investment vehicles that are increasingly used by donors and grantmaking institutions. The lesson examines a few new vehicles in depth, and considers their implications for the future of philanthropy.

Instructor: Patrick Briaud, Senior Advisor & Head of Impact Investing at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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