Across the world, philanthropy is undergoing a rapid transformation that offers both exciting opportunities and complex challenges. As a more unified global culture around giving and social investment emerges, new players, vehicles, strategies and approaches are creating commitment, enthusiasm and optimism. Yet shifting attitudes toward philanthropy, intense debates about power and effectiveness and difficult operating environments require philanthropists and social investors to demonstrate their value to a wide range of stakeholders. And, as many philanthropies broaden their activities from grantmaking to impact investing, knowledge-building, advocacy and coalition-building, they face the need to change how their organizations assess and allocate non-financial resources. With so much in flux, emerging donors and established funders are seeking new models not only for funding strategies and impact measures, but also for organizational design and management systems that will serve them well into the 21st century. Leaders are asking how philanthropies achieve impact as institutions, not just as sources of funding. In response to this surge of interest, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors developed the Philanthropy Framework, a tool to give an emerging or established philanthropy (whether in the form of a foundation, trust, funder collaborative, LLC, donor-advised fund or direct giving) a structure to align resources for maximum impact.Read more
You may have heard funders and philanthropists talk about the joy of charitable giving. To be sure, there are few acts from which you can acquire greater satisfaction and effect meaningful change based on your values and belief systems.
But there’s a catch.
The philanthropic journey can be arduous, filled with unexpected detours, twists, and hazards. But it’s a trip eminently worth taking.
The potential rewards are immense as the need for impactful giving grows ever larger. Not only are you in a position to make a difference, but you can define exactly what that difference looks like.
At its annual international conference, JFN has seen an increasing number of attendees who are relatively new to philanthropy. Among the myriad panels at the 2014 conference was one simply titled “Philanthropy 101.” It succinctly covered some of the basic elements of the field, and judging by the questions during the session and afterwards, it became clear there was a strong desire to know more about the core concepts of successful philanthropy, particularly when it is informed by Jewish values.
You will find articles that provide an overview of how to make your philanthropy more effective and impactful. There are also links to more comprehensive resources. No doubt, there is a lot to learn. But take your time. Don’t be overwhelmed. That’s what makes a life of giving so exciting. You determine what works for you, be it where, when, what and how to give.
Your philanthropic journey awaits. Now all you have to do is go.