Mission: To help philanthropists understand the changes occurring in the world around them and, as a result, make better decisions in support of the issues, institutions, and communities they care about most.
The Future of Philanthropy project was launched in late 2000 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg and the David and Lucile Packard foundations. The Monitor Group, a family of professional service firms, hosts the site, and two of its members, Global Business Network and the Monitor Institute, conducted a four-year inquiry into the pressures and trends transforming U.S. philanthropy. Their findings were published in 2005 in Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists (executive summary, 8 pages, PDF; full document, 87 pages, PDF), and are available on the site, providing practical ideas about how philanthropists can be more strategic and effective in their giving by aligning their efforts with the broader changes shaping the world.
Outstanding Web Features:
The Future of Philanthropy Web site focuses on the different aspects of U.S. philanthropy addressed in Looking Out for the Future — the new context for giving; the way U.S. philanthropy is now experimenting and responding; how today's experiments might shape the future of the field; and what principles could help philanthropists make better decisions. The site also includes an interactive online "learning journey" of innovation in philanthropy, and explores ways to cultivate and accelerate change in the field as a whole.