The new context opens up a wide range of opportunities to reinvent and improve the way that philanthropy operates. Many individual donors and professional funders are experimenting in response, working hard to improve and adapt while questioning traditional notions of how philanthropy has been done in the U.S. The result: seeds of change being planted all around, sprouting, cross-pollinating, and in a few cases, bearing real fruit.
- The second section of Looking Out for the Future, The Seeds of Change in Philanthropy, explores the main patterns we see emerging among those who are questioning traditional notions of how philanthropy has been done in the U.S. Some are experimenting with their grantmaking strategies, while others are rethinking available resources, redefining the spheres of activity, creating a culture of learning, aggregating actors, and even questioning the foundation form.
- A Tour of Innovation in Philanthropy Today is an extended online “learning journey" developed by Gabriel Kasper, the former program officer for philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, that expands on “The Seeds of Change" section, including many more examples and abundant links to additional information and resources not included in the shorter “Seeds" piece. The result is a guided Web tour through the many alternatives to traditional philanthropic practice, and a launching point that provides you with easy Web links to help you explore in greater detail the issues and approaches that you find interesting.
- We believe an entirely new class of actors has emerged in philanthropy in the past generation. We call them The New Brokers. It’s a category that includes the now familiar philanthropic “intermediaries" who regrant money from foundations. But it now extends way beyond this original definition to include venture philanthropy funds, giving circles, associations of immigrants who send money back to their home countries and philanthropic affinity groups that bring together funders around issue, identity or place. We asked one of the nonprofit world’s best storytellers, Andy Goodman, to tell the stories of four of these new brokers.
- U.S. Philanthropy by the Numbers provides a few essential facts and figures about giving in the United States today in a fun and accessible two-page compendium. It also looks ahead at how large philanthropy could become in the next generation.
- An expanded version of the timeline from the “Seeds of Change" section, A Legacy of Innovation, includes more detail on the historical innovations that have in many cases become the norm in philanthropy. We have also added resources for those interested in exploring philanthropic history.