3 Trends Shaping Philanthropy In 2023

Andrew P. Doro

January 27, 2023

3 Trends Shaping Philanthropy In 2023 - Andrew P. Doro

If you are involved with philanthropy or volunteering in your community, you have likely heard of three trends shaping philanthropy in the years ahead. While these trends are not all alike, there are several key points that you can take away from them and use to better your work and impact.

Be strategic and sustainable in a changing climate.

Businesses need to be strategic and sustainable in a changing climate. This includes identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities and developing strategies to mitigate them. In addition, companies should consider the merits of green technologies and adopt an eco-friendly mindset. There are many ways to go about this, from a simple policy change to a comprehensive corporate strategy. The first step is to understand the various policy options at your disposal.

Companies can also take the lead on regulation risk by taking the initiative and making simple changes. These may include a policy that mandates renewable energy use, a cap and trade system, or other initiatives to limit carbon emissions.

For example, a renewable portfolio standard is required for utilities in the US. China is introducing a cap and trade program in seven country regions. Another important measure is the emergence of non-governmental organizations. Several of these organizations have been able to measure corporate activity’s impact, such as using renewable energy.

Support innovative prevention, mitigation, and adaptability programs in a changing climate

The global climate crisis is urgent and requires an integrated approach to adaptation and mitigation. This will require an interdisciplinary workforce, public engagement, and convergent approaches. Successful implementation will require policies and governance structures at all levels of society. While addressing climate change challenges, innovation is important to reduce conflict and increase the effectiveness of climate protection.

Climate action involves reducing sources of greenhouse gases, enhancing sinks, and implementing adaptation measures. The aim is to stabilize greenhouse gas levels, enabling economic development to proceed sustainably. For example, the agricultural sector adapts to changing temperatures by introducing resilient crop varieties. These changes include a longer growing season and increased yields in some areas.

Adaptation can take place at many scales, from individual behaviors to large-scale infrastructure modifications. In some countries, adaptation plans have been developed in conjunction with coastal and water management and land planning. Others have been mainstreamed into agroforestry and early warning systems.

Create more efficient and flexible systems to support overstretched volunteer leaders and their volunteers

Having more efficient and flexible systems to support your overstretched volunteer leaders and their volunteers can improve your organization’s performance and help you achieve your mission. This is especially true in today’s increasingly complex and competitive marketplace. Fortunately, some great solutions make it a snap to do the right thing and a lot easier on your pocketbook.

Firstly, your organization needs to establish a robust volunteer management strategy. Secondly, your staff needs to be properly trained and mentored. Finally, you need to ensure they are rewarded for a well-done job. A well-oiled machine will go a long way in ensuring that your volunteers are satisfied with their roles and you are free to focus on the more pressing matters.

To ensure you get the most out of your ‘volunteers,’ you should take a page from the playbook of organizations like HCA Healthcare, the world’s largest for-profit hospital system. Their solution is an all-in-one system that combines shift and event schedules, an integrated communications platform, and an online training and orientation program.