11 Trends in Philanthropy

Anticipate and embrace what’s next.

Across our field, in politics, in business, and in our communities, Americans are questioning the very nature of philanthropy and probing its core value. These questions ask who has the responsibility — or the right — to tackle complex problems like poverty and climate change. They ask how nonprofits and funders are evolving in response to community needs. They ask what is just, and they ask what is kind.

These questions are not new; they have been at the heart of our sector since the beginning. Rather, they are renewed in our modern context. They are shaped by and interpreted through the spectrum of larger world forces — like justice, socioeconomic inequality, civil trust, and compassion — that we’re grappling with today.

Each year since 2017, experts and thought leaders from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy have selected and explored 11 trends that we expect to impact the field of philanthropy in the coming years.

Explore the topics covered in 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020.

Explore previous years’ reports:

Report Cover: 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019

Trends 2019

Report Cover: 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2018

Trends 2018

Report Cover: 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2017

Trends 2017