We were also hit hard when the pandemic brought society to a radical halt two years ago. We had to postpone the publication date of the second issue in 2020. The world seemed to turn more slowly. But despite this, certain developments have picked up incredible speed since then: digitalisation has greatly changed many processes and ways of working.
The charitable sector is also affected by these changes, on many levels. In this issue, we show how a wide variety of foundations are preparing themselves for the future during this period of change – how they are using new models to tackle the urgent challenges facing our society, as well as how they are developing their support activities and their internal functions. It is interesting to observe the similarities and where the different foundations are taking different approaches. Can for-profit and non-profit work together? Or, rather, to what extent should the population be integrated into the allocation of funding in a participatory process?
In searching for the philanthropy of the future, it becomes apparent that there are also different views about the philanthropy of today. This diversity is both exciting and enriching, if we use it as motivation to exchange views through open dialogue.
I hope that you get some inspiring insights reading this issue.
Dr. Peter Buss
Managing director and publisher
Philanthropy Services AG