Thinking Forward

Our blog, Thinking Forward, provides ideas and practical strategies for becoming a more effective philanthropist and change agent.

Summer Learning

3 Guidelines for Summer Learning in the COVID Era

Before any reports came out detailing the extent of the academic…
coins in a pile

5 ways to embrace risk in philanthropy for more impact and greater fulfillment

Over the past few years, a variety of leaders in philanthropy…
Overcoming barriers

Overcoming the barriers to transformative change in philanthropy

So you’ve decided you want your philanthropy to be more transformative.…
Key in a door lock

Trusted advisors are key to unlocking high-impact philanthropy

One of the biggest barriers to high impact philanthropy is the…

To white people, from another white person

To white people, from another white person -  I’m white,…
Tulips in bloom

Defining the problem is the key to long-lasting change

In America, we tend to believe that enough money can fix any…
clothes line

Building coalitions for social change amid political turmoil

“We just can’t work with them anymore. Their political views…
little sprout

Removing the Barrier of Fear on the Path to Trust-Based Philanthropy

The last few years have seen an increasingly public critique…

4 Encouraging Trends From 2020 That We Hope Endure Beyond The Pandemic

The endless, destabilizing uncertainty of 2020 that has put all…
Train yard

Five Things I Learned in 2020

A few nights ago at dinner, my daughter asked, “What's a train…

Bringing the “how” of social change back into balance with the “how many”

In the face of so much inequality and suffering in our world,…
Joyful Impact Blog

Introducing the Joyful Impact Blog and Resource Library

If you feel a deep calling to make the world a better place—as…

Lasting Change Starts with a Landscape Analysis

Every few months, I get a call from a philanthropist that goes…
Sweeping change in icebergs

Sweeping Change and Moments of Opportunity

Forward-thinking philanthropists aren’t the kind of people…

Using scenario planning to move forward during seasons of seismic change

Even in the best of times, making change and advancing equity…

What philanthropists need to ask themselves right now

Amid the protests that have unfolded in the wake of George Floyd’s…

Black Lives Matter

George Floyd murdered. Ahmaud Arbery murdered. Breonna Taylor…

9 Books, Articles, Videos, and Podcasts to Add to Your Holiday List

The holidays are the perfect time to rest, reflect, catch-up…

Are We Doing Any Good?

Consider the spectrum of philanthropic giving you or others in…

Staying Focused While Taking the Long View

If you invest $10,000 in the stock market today, you might expect…

To Drive Systemic Change, Find the Root Cause

Treat the cause, not the symptoms If your phone turns off and…

Putting the “Social” in Social Change

You may sometimes feel like you’re one of the few - if not…

An Ecosystem Approach to Social Change

Recently, we’ve seen a growing weariness among those working…
What is Forward Thinking Philanthropy

What is Forward-Thinking Philanthropy?

We sometimes find it helpful to think about philanthropy as a…
New Name Bolder Vision Better World

New Name. Bolder Vision. Better World.

Impact for Education is now Building Impact. We work with forward-thinking…
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