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Scenarios for the Future of Philanthropy in the Midst of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of hyper-uncertainty for social sector organizations, as the economic crisis has weakened funders and nonprofits even as the demand for their assistance is skyrocketing. Many funders have now completed a generous round of initial emergency grantmaking in response to the crisis, but they are struggling to contemplate what they should do next.

To help social sector leaders confront this challenge, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte is using the tools of scenario planning—the well-tested methodology for thinking about the future pioneered by Deloitte’s Global Business Network group—to help both funders and operating nonprofits get on their front foot in preparing for the landscape on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. While it isn’t possible to predict the future, this session will provide philanthropy-serving organizations with an understanding of the tools that can help their members think about the critical uncertainties of the moment, reckon with the new “certainties” emerging from the pandemic, explore potential “reset opportunities” that might allow them to make new progress on critical issues, identify “cascading aftershocks” that the field needs to prepare for once the immediate crisis is over, and think about how their strategies might (or might not) fit the different possible futures that may emerge in the coming months and years ahead.

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 -
2:15pm to 3:30pm EDT