This decade sees philanthropy at a pivotal point. The evolving geopolitical landscape, the rapid creation of new wealth and a greater awareness of how philanthropy can create social change have already led to exciting innovation and new thinking. This is influencing approaches to giving and the implementation of social responsibility initiatives across the world. Building on previous research, the Future Agenda team focused in depth on the future of Philanthropy via nine high level discussions which were held in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London (x2), Mumbai, Oxford, Quito, Singapore and Washington DC.
During our conversations we explored the key interconnected drivers of change, the changing ways of giving and the impact that technology has had on the sector. Finally, as societal attitudes, behaviours and commercial common sense adjust to a connected and data driven world, key questions were raised to help organisation make more informed decisions about the future.
This report shares the findings from the Future of Philanthropy Open Foresight research project. It identifies and discusses some common challenges today, and also explores several shared ambitions. What is clear from all our discussions is that we are seeing a fundamental shift in when we give, how we give, how we receive and how change is created through philanthropy. In addition, the report highlights several important emerging opportunities such as the rise of the global elite, the increasing influence of female philanthropists and the increasing demand for transparency. Some of the issues addressed are specific to key locations but most are universal and therefore of relevance to most cities.Download full report
Philanthropy, or private resources for the public good, has a huge positive benefit on society and the world in which we live. Our individual and collective desire to maximise positive impact means that, as the world continues to evolve, so too must the practice of philanthropy.
There are three significant, inter-related, macro drivers of change that are common challenges impacting philanthropists around the world today. They are Power, Knowledge and, inherent to both of these, Trust. They will shape the evolution of philanthropy over the next decade .
Many giving mechanisms have existed for decades. However, the last decade or so has seen a blossoming of new ways to give; at one end we see the growth of Impact Investing and at the other crowd-funding. Looking ahead, as the world becomes increasingly cautious, there is increased fear of corruption, expect greater scrutiny around how money is raised and the way it is distributed.
As we move forward, there are many issues impacting the future of philanthropy. Some of these will drive change for donors, charities, intermediaries and for corporates. Others will require action by governments and regulators. Here are a series of questions that could be considered in the planning of a future agenda.
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This is an accompanying presentation used for public conferences and to kick off briefings within organisations. It provides a summary of the research and highlights some of the key insights. It is available to download both as a PDF and also to view on SlideShare.Download PDF View on SlideShare
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Future Agenda runs the world’s largest open foresight programme and provides strategic advice to leading organisations globally. In 2010 and 2015 we undertook major worldwide research leading hundreds of expert workshops across over 20 topics. The insights from these discussions have been shared online and in two major publications – 'The World in 2020' and ' The World in 2025 '.
Each year, the Future Agenda team undertakes in-depth global open foresight research projects on key themes of interest. In 2016 the focus was the Future of Cities . In 2017 it was the Future of Philanthropy and the Future of Patient Data . For 2018 the focus was the Future Value of Data and the Future of Digital Identity. Alongside Autonomous Vehicles, other topics for 2019 are the Future of Digital Education and the Future of Land Use. All our research is openly shared under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial license.