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Future Philanthropy: The Tech, Trends & Talent Defining New Civic Leadership

ISBN: 9781634894784
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Ryan Ginard
Pages: 360
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 10/26/2021


Philanthropy is stuck. As societal issues constantly evolve, philanthropic systems have been slow to match, leaving our communities' needs sorely unmet. But what would happen if philanthropy became a progressive industry, rather than a sluggish and reactionary one? InFuture Philanthropy, Ryan Ginard calls on his years of experience as a civic connector and fundraiser to anticipate incoming philanthropic trends and lay the groundwork for their adoption.

Future Philanthropy provides insights into what the new toolbox for courageous social sector leaders will look like over the next decade and beyond. You'll learn how to develop the right team, capitalize on current trends, create change in reimagined institutions, and disrupt our outdated philanthropic systems. Inside, Ginard puts the spotlight on fourteen leaders across various industries who are already finding success implementing the tools outlined in this book, offering up inspiration for your own strategic planning.

No matter which side of the giving tree you're on, Future Philanthropy has something for leaders at all levels in government, higher education, nonprofits and NGOs, grassroots activism, philanthropy organizations, and more. The innovative principles outlined in this book will leave you prepared to use philanthropy to its full potential, ready to create the momentum required to adapt to society's ever-changing needs.


RYAN GINARD, CFRE, is a civic connector and fundraiser with over ten years of experience in government, higher education, nonprofits, and organized philanthropy. An active writer and thinker about future directions in philanthropy, Ryan has authored thought pieces and op-eds in numerous national publications and has been a speaker at inter-nationally renowned conferences such as SXSW, PRSA ICON, and Social Media Week on new technologies and immersive storytelling.


"Future Philanthropy successfully deconstructs a number of emerging technologies and trends and shares their potential in a way that is simple to understand and easy to integrate into our day-to-day work. It's a blueprint for change and Ryan Ginard successfully puts forward the case for a new philanthropic futurism movement, of which I hope others will be inspired to join." - Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum

"Future Philanthropy is a breath of fresh air. Ryan Ginard gives voice to a new generation of ideas for how philanthropy can benefit society. The book is stimulating, punchy, and digestible. If you want to expose yourself to interesting new approaches to making society better, you should check it out." - Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

"Future Philanthropy offers keen, refreshing, and approachable insights on key trends for our field. The book can serve as both guidance and inspiration for the next generation of philanthropy leaders that our country desperately needs right now." - David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, United Philanthropy Forum

"The field of philanthropy is transforming at a breakneck pace and Future Philanthropy helps you understand the forces at play. Ryan makes the case that the future of philanthropy isn't just about money and big ideas, but it is about the people who will make those ideas a reality. He lays a clear path forward for foundations and those who want to work for them." - Trista Harris, Philanthropic Futurist and Author of Future Good

"Future Philanthropy provides a thoughtful survey of the emerging advances in technology and practice that will shape the nonprofits of tomorrow. This book offers something for every reader and is accessible to anyone interested in engaging with this developing landscape." - John Gough, Senior Executive Director for Advancement Data Operations at UT Austin, Editor of the Journal of Advancement Analytics

"Critical, future-focused thinking in philanthropy books is rare. So, if you like your thought and practice extended and challenged, you'll enjoy Future Philanthropy. There's very readable, fresh ideas and voices across its four pillars, courtesy of an author with diverse experience and an appetite for impact. I suspect this book will spark new confidence and direction for those hungry to do more, sooner, differently." - Dr. Wendy Scaife, Director, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Social Purpose Theme Leader, Centre for Future Enterprise, Queensland University of Technology