Systems have structure. Systems are about interconnectivity. Family philanthropists operate in systems—both internally and externally—to affect social change.
When we apply a “systems-thinking” approach to our most complex problems, we create complex solutions.
Whether you are new to philanthropy or a seasoned veteran, challenge yourself with tracks tailored just for you, tracks where you can consider the trends and realities related to these critical topics and discover your place in the solution.
- Risk Taking and Innovation. Can innovation happen if foundations are risk averse? If philanthropy provides the “risk capital” to fuel social change and innovation, how can a family integrate that mindset into its giving?
- Working With Government. Debunk myths and uncover the real value of the public-philanthropic relationship.
- The Pluses and Minuses of Collaboration. Though it may seem easier to go it alone, collaboration can often provide additional value.
- The Family Case for Global Giving. Give abroad or focus on needs at home? Discover how to evaluate the best choice for your foundation.
- Measurement and Outcomes. Strike a balance between gathering data and relying on instinct to assess your overall effectiveness.
- The Next Generation of Philanthropists. Understand how differences between generations may affect your foundation’s strategy, technology, governance, and ability to move across systems and cultures.