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What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World (Executive Summary)

July 16, 2010

Our final report highlights how changes in the world around philanthropy will call on funders to not only adopt today's best practices, but also to pioneer "next practices"—effective approaches that are well-suited to tomorrow's more networked, dynamic, and interdependent landscape of public problem solving. It details 10 specific next practices that we believe will help funders have greater impact on growing social and environmental problems.

What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World (Snapshot)

July 16, 2010

Where the cutting edge of philanthropic innovation over the last decade was mostly about improving organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness, we believe that the next practices of the coming 10 years will have to build on those efforts to include an additional focus on coordination and adaptation. The most innovative funders in the future will do more than operate as effective, independent institutions.This two-page overview of the report and links to the full suite of materials; complete report, executive summary, and an innovation toolkit.

What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World (Full Report)

July 1, 2010

This 54-page report produced by the Monitor Institute is the culmination of 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 it identifies 10 emerging next practices that can help all sizes and types of funders increase their impact over the next decade. It updates a 2005 report, Looking Out for Future.

On the Brink of New Promise: The Future of U.S. Community Foundations

September 1, 2005

Explores the evolution of community philanthropy, and analyzes the combination of factors that have recently altered the entire field. Looks at new options and opportunities, and outlines the changes necessary in order to adapt in a new environment.

Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-first Century Philanthropists

January 1, 2005

The final report of a four-year initiative, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, shows how long-term trends (privatization, connectivity, acceleration, etc.) are combining to create a new reality for philanthropy. Anyone who wants to give has more choices than ever. The authors believe that if donors understand how philanthropy is evolving, they will make better decisions in support of the issues, institutions, and communities they care about. The authors explain the new context for philanthropy, which they call "the new ecology of social benefit." Then they offer examples how philanthropists (individual and institutional) are responding in imaginative ways. The new context and the emerging responses combine to create the future of philanthropy, which the authors illustrate by stories and scenarios of the year 2025, such as the development of mutualist societies, the decline of foundations, joint venture philanthropy, or googling giving.

On the Brink of the New Promise: The Future of US Community Foundations

January 1, 2005

This report provides a synthesis of the changing environment for community philanthropy and its implications for community foundations.

What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits

July 1, 2004

Gives an overview of scenario thinking customized for a nonprofit audience. Outlines the basic phases of scenario development, and provides examples and advice for putting the process into practice. Includes an annotated bibliography of select readings.