Next Philanthropy

Next Philanthropy highlights innovative foundation practices, engages with new champions of philanthropic giving, stimulates debate and inspires more effective and connected philanthropy in Europe.

About Next Philanthropy

Too often we see the world through the lens of the past, without thinking about the potential it holds. We believe there is an urgent need to change the perspective and challenge the status quo. Instead of focusing on painting a grim picture of the world, we want to change the narrative and come up with questions and ideas for social change and innovation.

What societies do we want to see in the future? What is disruption, and who are the disruptors? What old norms are holding us back? What is the status quo? How can we connect with other sectors and learn from each other? How can we leverage evidence-based dialogue? How can we translate discourse into action? How can we build and shape the narrative on European philanthropy?

Next Philanthropy provides an inclusive space for a meaningful conversation on the current stay of play and what’s next in philanthropy in Europe.


Next Philanthropy is built around three pillars:

  1. “What if? Reimagining philanthropy” event series
  2. Next Philanthropy interviews
  3. #NextPhilanthropy insights: blog posts, analyses and case studies.

“What if? Reimagining philanthropy” is a series of facilitated events, of course online, with an inspiring talk by an invited speaker on a wide range of issues. The speaker will present a challenge, which will be followed by a “question burst” in a brainstorm format, discussion in small groups and collective sensemaking.

Our motivation is intentional learning and experimentation with ideas and questions. We design the events in ways to explore, build knowledge and inspire action.



The event series will be accompanied by “Let’s be honest” interviews and #nextphilanthropy provocative insights and perspectives such as blogs, analyses and case studies.


Invitation to collaboration

We invite you to join our Next Philanthropy collaboration hub. We will invite speakers to inspire our collective thinking, to test new frontiers and imagine futures we want to see. We want you to leave feeling challenged and reinvigorated, and we want to keep asking questions.

While looking at philanthropy practice and engaging with practitioners in more detail, Next Philanthropy will engage in a dialogue with the wider European social innovation sector, including social entrepreneurs, grassroot initiatives, investors, the business community, policymakers and academics.

Join the conversation about the future of philanthropy in Europe by sharing news and thoughts under #nextphilanthropy.

Together we can change minds, and we can start this by changing ourselves.



European initiative

Alliance, Philea,  Assifero  -the Italian national association of grant-making foundations and private institutional philanthropy, Austrian Foundations AssociationRockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and TUSEV – Third Sector Foundation of Turkey.


Global initiative

The project has been implemented jointly with Alliance, AVPA (African Venture Philanthropy Alliance), AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network), EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association) and WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support).



Next Philanthropy was initiated by the Association of German Foundations in 2018. The project was launched as an information resource sharing data, trends, analyses and reflections about where the increasingly changing landscape is heading, and how the sector can best keep up with and respond to these changes.

In seeking to explore these questions and more, the Next Philanthropy initiative has stimulated and facilitated discussions by organising events, conducting country-specific profiles and interviews, collating publications, holding webinars and generating articles. We have collaborated on an open-source knowledge hub which includes a variety of relevant articles, studies and websites.

Related News & Opinions
News30 March 2022

Shifting funding practices: Questions and outcomes shared at the 3rd edition of the “What if? Reimagining philanthropy” event series  

Prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Center for Effective Philanthropy examined the state of practice in philanthropy regarding multiyear general operating support. They…
André Wilkens
Director, European Cultural Foundation
Opinions28 January 2022

The Future Is Now

Crises times are also times of possibilities, invention and opportunities. Solutions to problems which would often take years can now be taken in days. Such as the Eurobond funded EU Recovery plan. How will European philanthropy use the opportunities of our times to contribute to a better Europe?
Jim Cooke
Head of the Funders Collaborative Hub, Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Opinions14 December 2021

The pandemic showed what foundations can achieve by working together. Now let’s think collaboratively about the future.

The pandemic showed what foundations can achieve by working together. Three key ingredients made this possible: relationships, tools and collaborative mindsets. Now it’s time for funders to think collaboratively about the future. The Funders Collaborative Hub has been developed to provide information and inspiration, helping funders achieve more together.
Patrice Schneider
Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund
Opinions13 December 2021

Blended capital funding for independent media: An innovation by European philanthropy

Media plurality gives a voice to minorities, free-thinkers and marginalised groups, but the time has come to explore the need for a plurality of capital that invests in this key democratic infrastructure. Patrice Schneider shares the story of Plūrālis, a Media Development Investment Fund that has partnered with a number of European foundations, news media companies and impact investors to provide independent media companies access to the right capital.
Eva Rehse
Executive Director, Global Greengrants Fund UK
Opinions11 November 2021

What if every foundation cared about climate?

The time for what ifs is decidedly over – every foundation needs to care about the climate crisis, because everything you hold dear and do is impacted by and impacts…
News2 November 2021

What if? Imagining climate-positive philanthropy

On 27 October, the Next Philanthropy project hosted the event “What if every foundation cared about climate?” as part of its “What if? Reimagining philanthropy” series.


Hanna Stähle
Head of Foresight and Innovation
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