A Philanthropist’s Guide to the Future


The points of entry have grown more diverse, the attitudes more humble and inclusive, the tactics more sophisticated.  This belief came from our own experience, based on what we were seeing in the field. But were others experiencing the same thing? What did they see happening? Were there opportunities emerging for a new wave of philanthropists?

The more we asked questions like these, the more we felt it was time to document the trajectory of social impact work — to get specific about the attitudes, strategies and sentiments that are shaping its future. On the one hand, we wanted to broaden our perspective and get better at our own work. But we also wanted to provide some context, some common footing, for anyone who wants to make an impact but feels stuck, stymied, confused about where to start, or simply curious about what it means to achieve social change.

To get a full lay of the land, we surveyed 697 social impact professionals about why they work, how they work and what they think will enhance their work. For deeper insights into their mindsets and experiences, we interviewed 15 of our survey respondents, including social entrepreneurs, experts from NGOs, government officials, nonprofit leadership and people who’ve lived in the face of urban poverty and have found a way out.

Please find the full report here.

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