Philanthropy in the 2020s: 16 Predictions

The 2010s saw profound changes in the world of philanthropy. A new class of billionaire mega-givers emerged on the scene, donor-advised funds exploded, crowdfunding soared, impact investing took off, and a backlash formed to the rising clout of private wealth over public life. Meanwhile, fresh ideas and strategies reshaped how funders worked across any number of areas—health, climate, housing, race, criminal justice and more. Oh, and don’t forget the 2016 election, which flipped out blue America and put many funders on a war footing.

In all, the 2010s were quite a ride. Now, fasten your seat belts for a decade of even greater flux ahead.


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