Child smiling outside at an event
Child smiling outside at an event

Originally written by Amy Neugebauer with Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

We humans — and within the philanthropic sector specifically — naturally resist change.

Yet, in the shadows of COVID-19, we have the opportunity to set a new course for society. “Historically pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine the world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next,” states Arundhati Roy.

For years, the philanthropic sector has expressed intentions to become more participatory, equitable, impactful, and trust-based. Yet in spite of good intentions, the sector has continued to hold onto old ways of doing things. This moment is different.

According to a recent Monitor Institute report, “At this transitional moment, the potential for accelerating change goes beyond just the social and environmental issues that philanthropy aims to address; it also applies to the practice of philanthropy itself.

This is the moment for philanthropy to change, yet without new ways of thinking and doing, we will fall back into the old familiar ways of operating and this moment of opportunity will be lost. For this philanthropic evolution, we need children.

Read the full article on Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy: https://johnsoncenter.org/blog/kids-are-philanthropists-too/ 


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