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What’s the future of giving? Global Philanthropy

The Council on Foundations surveyed leading global grantmakers asking them to predict the global philanthropy trends for 2012.  The product was an optimistic list of trends indicating increased global connections and philanthropy, and increased attention to funding grassroots organizations and addressing the root causes of injustice. 

What do these predictions mean?  Are people becoming more globally aware and sensitive?  The Internet has been widely used for the past 15 years and there has always been talk of its usefulness in spreading knowledge globally.  Has it taken this long for it to produce in us compassion for those overseas?

Or has global compassion always existed and it is a sense of global obligation that is new?  Perhaps an attitude of us/them is transforming into an attitude of global oneness. 

I like to think that the conversations happening in actual and online communities are contributing to these trends.  More and more often, we are challenging each other to contemplate our responsibilities to humanity and to think critically about how, why, and to whom we give.  With conceptual questions, it is easy to lose sight of the real impact we make by asking them.  This list, however, shows it – the more we talk about philanthropy, the closer we get to a just global society.

Melanie Goldberg

Melanie Goldberg is a social work intern at AJWS. She is currently in her second year at Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she is pursuing an MSW degree focused on community organization and macro-level change.

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