National Philanthropic Trust's Blog
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, a number of leading experts and institutions are attempting to predict future trends and developments in philanthropy. This is a difficult intellectual excercise, but important for donors to keep in mind as they determine their philanthropic goals and objectives.
Last week, I was at a conference on global philanthropy in New York City and a representative with an international humanitarian relief agency was speaking about how her organization handles the huge influx of donations they receive in a crisis relief situation. And then, this morning, I read a great blog post that talks about the complexity of responding to an emergency.
People often discount the practical side of philanthropy. In my experience, donors have a pretty clear sense of the charities they wish to support. Most often, these include their place of worship, alma mater, or a health care issue that has affected themselves or their family. What they often lack is context for their giving.