Over decades in the social sector, I spent countless hours in the grant-seeking trenches and saw my share of things that left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. But then I became a foundation funder and encountered a prospective grantee’s “toxic diaper excuse” (more on that later), which truly left my head shaking. Reflecting on my experiences, I am aware of how deeply… Read more »
So, what does the future hold for nonprofit organizations? One thing on which most of us can agree is that this year has been a tumultuous one for the nonprofit sector. My predictions for 2018 emphasized the following topics. I elaborate on each and welcome your questions and observations at any time.
I begin with a quote by David Callahan for Inside Philanthropy in his article, “Trump Effect: Six Ways Philanthropy Has Changed in the Past Year” (January 23, 2018). It sums up our situation well at the conclusion of 2018.
“It’s been an interesting time. Many funders have responded with a combination of new work and business as usual, feeling their way along in a fast shifting, and often alarming landscape. Others have radically changed how they think and operate. And then there are some foundations—many, actually—that have kept doing exactly what they were doing before in areas that are quite removed from national policy battles. Overall, it’d be wrong to say that the 2016 election has disrupted philanthropy in any seismic way. But it’s also hard to recall a period of so much anxiety and action within the funding world.”