Johnson Center releases 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2023 report

How climate change-related crises are reshaping “disaster philanthropy,” how for-profit news outlets are exploring non-profit models and how collaborative funding of initiatives is being used to address systemic issues are among the top trends the philanthropic world faces in 2023.

They are part of the seventh annual “11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2023” report released January 18 by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley. The report takes deep dives into each of the trends facing nonprofits and foundations in a rapidly changing world.

“We see philanthropy as an ecosystem, a web of interconnected communities, nonprofits, and funders,” said Tory Martin, director of communications and strategic partnerships for the Johnson Center. “Each one of those actors will be affected by and respond to changes in the ecosystem differently – but they will have to respond, one way or another.”

Other trends discussed in this year’s report include:

  • Rethinking what capacity building inside nonprofits is – and who should decide
  • New organizational structure models are toppling the staff pyramid
  • Policymakers are paying increasing attention to moving more money faster
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) backlash will affect the future of philanthropy and impact investing
  • Will philanthropy stay focused on racial equity?
  • More nonprofit employees are moving to unionize
  • IRS delays and other barriers to data mean real risks for nonprofits
  • How the public is holding nonprofits accountable to living their mission and values
Tory Martin
Tory Martin
Image credit - Kendra Stanley-Mills

Topics in previous 11 Trends reports have been tied together by larger questions about philanthropy’s role in a democracy and in bringing Americans together.

This year’s report focuses on the decisions individual organizations and leaders are making to meet 21st century challenges.

View the full report at the Johnson Center’s website.

A free webinar discussing the report will be held at 1 p.m. February 14. Participants are asked to register in advance online.


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