You may well be wondering if anyone really needs another new print magazine, and whether it isn’t rather a contradiction in terms to devote the first issue of that magazine to the topic of digitalisation.
On the contrary! People are multidimensional: we operate in a digital world and in an analogue one, too. Sometimes we function in one, and sometimes in both, although our day-to-day reality is becoming increasingly digital, of course. That said, we don’t need to pick just one of these worlds – the exciting task we face is bringing them together. That is why I don’t see The Philanthropist as exclusively being a print product, given that we create exciting content in both printed and digital form. When you read the print magazine, you’re also invited to join us in the digital sphere. That very same perspective is mirrored in today’s philanthropic landscape. From crypto charity funds (which remain an enigma even to many digital natives) through to tiny foundations that still use shoeboxes as a filing system, the philanthropic landscape is richly diverse. We want to highlight this diversity.
Of course, it is true that a lot of organisations are merely at the start of their digital journey. That’s why avoiding this topic is no longer an option. We want to use this magazine to discuss topics of shared interest and contribute to bringing the philanthropic sector together. We have a lot of potential, and digitalisation can help us to tap into it, especially in terms of becoming more efficient. So, if we manage to pique your curiosity about the content and themes we’re presenting, we’ve already achieved our first goal. Why? Because the charitable sector needs people who are interested in it and open to new things.
I hope that reading this issue is an inspiring experience for you.
Dr. Peter Buss
Managing director and publisher