Futures Philanthropy

The world is changing, so is philanthropy.

How do we think about tomorrow today? How can we formulate strategy in the face of uncertainty? How do we remain true to long-term planning, risk-taking and innovation in times of more challenging crises?

Futures Philanthropy is an invitation to think about tomorrow, today, and embark on a pathway towards regenerative societies.

Our vision is a diverse, future-fit European philanthropy that rises to the challenges of our times and continues asking relevant questions. Through the Future Philanthropy initiative, we collectively create and share futures literacy to support long-term thinking and transformative change – for philanthropy, for civil society, for Europe.

We do this through the provision of research and a wide-ranging programme that offers opportunities for collaboration and learning to support the relevance, legitimacy and ultimately the impact of European philanthropy.

What are our key priorities?

Co-creating evidence and inspiring the field

  • Co-create evidence and anticipate key drivers of change impacting European philanthropy
  • Inspire by sharing case studies and emerging practices


Learning and applying knowledge to philanthropic and civil society context

  • Create and share futures literacy – knowledge, skills and tools
  • Apply knowledge to your own context – your strategy, investments, design of grants and programmes, partnerships and innovation


Collaborating and acting together

  • Use foresight and futures thinking to create scenarios, collaborate and act at ecosystem level
  • Create visions for the future and stories of hope



Futures Philanthropy Community of Practice

The Community of Practice brings together CEOs, board members, heads of strategy and learning, foresight specialists, researchers and programme managers of philanthropic foundations and philanthropy networks to learn from each other, create a shared understanding of where philanthropy’s action is needed now and in the future. 


ThinkLab is a space to discuss and think about the key drivers of long-term change, weak signals and critical uncertainties that philanthropy needs to pay attention to. This series of exchanges provides insights into what we call “the kitchen of foresight”, exposing us to new perspectives, and allowing us to discuss raw data and share views on emerging issues. 

Futures Philanthropy Gathering of Leaders

The scale of today’s challenges requires the philanthropic sector to collectively imagine how a different tomorrow could be created. Futures Philanthropy Gathering of Leaders is provides space for courageous conversations, collaboration and collective action towards regenerative society.  


Exploring 21st Century Philanthropy Open House Discussion

What are key drivers of change, disruptions and critical uncertainties impacting society and philanthropy in the long-term? What risks and opportunities does philanthropy need to be aware of? What does the future of philanthropy look like?  

These are some of the questions we asked in the Exploring 21st Century Philanthropy survey. Join us on 27 September where we will share the key outcomes of the survey with reflections from those who contributed to the study

How to get involved

We cannot predict the future, but we can reflect on critical uncertainties and blind spots, identify crucial blockers and enablers of social change, keep asking questions, and imagine the future together.

If you work on, or are interested in getting involved in futures literacy and our initiative, get in touch.

Our partners


Hanna Stähle
Head of Foresight and Innovation
Alina Shenfeldt
Programme Manager – Membership and Foresight
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