When I first started paying attention to philanthropy in the mid-1990s it was a relatively calm — if not sleepy — world. Large-scale grantmaking was dominated by a set of legacy foundations that had been around for decades. And while they were often trying new things, the pace of change tended to be slow.
Things are moving exponentially faster today in the philanthrosphere. Big new living donors keep arriving on the scene; legacy funders are upping their game; donor-advised funds and other intermediaries are growing by leaps and bounds. Read more