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Philanthropy's Next Ten Years


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2010 Annual Meeting Keynote speaker, Katherine Fulton, President of the Monitor Institute, shared lessons emerging from Monitor's work with funders nationwide over the past decade, lessons that are shaping the work of leading philanthropic practitioners and thinkers.

Her insights encouraged participants to dialogue on key questions:

* What will it take to get the job done?
* What new tools, new behaviors, new mindsets and new skill sets?

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Philanthropy's Next Ten Years

  1. 1. Philanthropy’s Next Ten Years<br />March 2010<br />
  2. 2. Our Vantage Point<br />
  3. 3. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; <br />it is to act with yesterday’s logic.<br />Peter Drucker<br />
  4. 4. New Scale<br />New Tools <br />New Players<br />New Demands<br />New Competition<br />New Attention<br />The World<br />The Field<br />Philanthropy’s Shifting Ecology<br />Mission<br />Strategy<br />Vision<br />Resources<br />You<br />New Challenges<br />New Possibilities<br />Philanthropy and Non-Profits at a Crossroads<br />A Global Network Society Emerges<br />
  5. 5. The Next Chapter in Philanthropy’s Story<br />Knowledge Age: Reorganization<br />of Philanthropy<br />Reinvention of U.S. Organized Philanthropy<br />Industrial Age: Invention of Modern U.S. Organized Philanthropy<br />1950<br />2010<br />1890<br />number of foundations<br />about60,000<br />a few hundred<br />
  6. 6. Philanthropy today takes place in a context that is radically different from the environment in which many of its current practices and behaviors were developed—and indeed, which is quite different from 10 years ago<br />
  7. 7. What Time is It?<br />March 2010<br />
  8. 8. One Big Shift:A Sober Moment Full of Challenges<br />
  9. 9. Tomorrow’s Logic:The sectors’ shifting roles<br />
  10. 10. Tomorrow’s Logic: A Larger and More Diverse Social Change Landscape<br />Scientists<br />Celebrities<br />Social entrepreneurs<br />Business-people<br />Politicians<br />Movement leaders<br />Software engineers<br />Ministers<br />…and amateurs of all stripes…<br />
  11. 11. Tomorrow’s Logic:The Evolution of Work and Decision Making<br />Independent,<br />Decentralized<br />Decision Makers<br />Centralized<br />Decision Makers<br />Connected,<br />Decentralized<br />Decision Makers<br />Source: Thomas W. Malone, MIT<br />
  12. 12. Ushahidi Would Have Been Unimaginable<br />
  13. 13. A Summary of Tomorrow’s Logic:The Emerging Context for Philanthropy<br /><ul><li>Wicked problems and social complexity
  14. 14. New pressures for transparency, responsiveness, and public participation
  15. 15. Impact expected, not just innovation
  16. 16. The HOW is shifting: New tools and opportunities for engagement , information sharing, and access to diverse perspectives and input</li></li></ul><li>Urgency AND Stamina for the long term<br />Evidence MattersANDTaking risks is essential<br />Top Down ControlANDBottom Up Letting Go<br />Analysis AND Creativity<br />Autonomy/competitionAND Cooperation/Relationships<br />Tomorrow’s Logic Requires…Leaders who Balance Creative Tensions<br />Best practice AND Next practice<br />
  17. 17. What Time is It?<br />March 2010<br />
  18. 18. Tomorrow’s Logic:Next Practices for the Next Decade<br />ACTINGBIGGER<br />ADAPTINGBETTER<br />
  19. 19. Next Practices for the Next Decade<br />ADAPTING BETTER<br />ACTING BIGGER<br /><ul><li>Understanding the ecosystem
  20. 20. Working with networks
  21. 21. Aligning independent action
  22. 22. Leveraging additional resources
  23. 23. Knowing what works
  24. 24. Opening up to new inputs
  25. 25. Shifting and adapting
  26. 26. Taking risks and learning from failure
  27. 27. Sharing by default</li></li></ul><li>Acting Bigger<br />Understanding Your Ecosystem<br />
  28. 28. Strategy Landscape<br />Inside one foundation, imagine being able to help others see inside the program officers’ heads, to give them access so they can see how each grant made by a funder fits into a program’s overall strategy. <br />And beyond any single institution, imagine knowing at a glance who else is working on the issues you care about, what strategies they are using, and how they are allocating their resources across those approaches.<br />
  29. 29. A map of the relative scale of investment in climate change work by participatingfunders.<br />
  30. 30. A map showing the relative distribution of a single foundation’s grantmaking acrossthe key “change levers” within its climate change strategy.<br />
  31. 31. A map showing the grants made as part of a single change lever by one of the participating funders.<br />
  32. 32. Detail on a particular grant made by one of the participating funders.<br />
  33. 33. A map showing the proportion of each strategic approach being supported by a selected foundation. <br />
  34. 34. Prototyping Innovations<br />
  35. 35. “The Smart Money Award”<br />
  36. 36. Four Kinds of Solutions<br />ACTING BIGGER<br />ADAPTING BETTER<br />DATA<br />TOOLS<br />BEHAVIOR<br />CULTURE<br />
  37. 37. Northern California Grantmakers<br />
  38. 38. Tomorrow’s Logic:The Enduring Lesson<br />“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.”<br />Paul Saffo, futurist<br />
  39. 39. For the next 15 minutes:<br />At your tables, please discuss:<br />What are your reflections on how philanthropy will or should operate in the future?<br />What questions did the presentation provoke for you? <br />
  40. 40. Philanthropy’s Next Ten Years<br />March 2010<br />