The next generation’s perspective on leadership in philanthropy

Discerning, involved & collective: next-gen donors & their demands

Tara Kenny, an Australian writer and researcher based-in New York, spent a year exploring the most compelling ideas, strategies and philosophies in philanthropy globally. Through discussions with philanthropic leaders, activists, donors, academics & consultants, as well as an extensive literature review, Kenny articulates a number of refreshing insights about philanthropy today. What’s more, she has included diverse perspectives – from staff at prominent, established foundations such as Ford and Rockefeller, to voices from more radical, activist aligned organisations, such as FRIDA Young Feminist Fund and the Social Change Initiative. Read the full article (4 minutes).

Her 28-page report examines how the next generation are shaping donor identity, forms of collective giving, participatory philanthropy, impact investing and outcomes-driven philanthropy, among other challenging topics. And while the research is primarily US focused, the examples are compelling, and have been elaborated with a view to applying findings within an Australian context. The report is a worthwhile read for anyone in the not-for-profit, and may particularly challenge leaders to think about their own organisational strategies and structures. Read the full report (28 pages).


This article features in the Connected Giving July 2018 edition.

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