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Rethinking Fundraising for Today’s ‘New Philanthropy’

by: CEO Bill Brindley on Apr 14, 2011

After ten years doing anything, one is bound to come away changed. Time allows for one to gather a decade of experience, fine-tune strategies, champion successful processes and learn from shortcomings. This year both NetHope and the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) Conference celebrate their tenth anniversary, stronger yet not too far from their founding ideals.

The conference intends to ask the same questions it has for the past ten years—what are the fundamentals of philanthropy?, which approaches work?, what roles play into financing the public good?—but in the context of today’s ‘new philanthropy.’ According to their site, GPF defines ‘new philanthropy’ as the new force for change lead by ‘new philanthropists’ like Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, John and Tasha Morgridge, Jeff Skoll and Pierre and Pam Omidyar. These leaders are “infusing philanthropy with the same creative and experimental zest they brought to private enterprise.”