Leadership

How can foundations better anticipate ways in which the world is changing around them? This is a challenge for every organization functioning in what the military has termed a "VUCA world." The acronym refers to an operating environment characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Change and Ambiguity. For decades now, I have worked with senior business executives to help their organizations spot, anticipate and remain resilient in the face of VUCA challenges.

"Have a great day and let your sun shine!" These are my departing words for my 8-year-old daughter every morning at drop off. It’s my rally cry hoping she unleashes her true self on the world (well, ok, her second-grade classroom) in everything she does.

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute is the first study in 10 years to analyze the landscape of U.S. women’s foundations and funds. Combining interviews and analysis of more than 200 organizations, Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study helps fill this knowledge gap and provides a thorough analysis of these organizations.

Stephen Heintz, in remarks given at the 2018 Awards ceremony, discusses the state of philanthropy and the role of philanthropy in the current political climate.