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9                                                                                     21.                PHILANTHROPY IN THE METAVERSE:                                                                                                                                                                                                 10
                                                                                         As the metaverse emerges, philanthropy follows suit. Virtual worlds provide
                                                                                         new avenues for charitable giving and community engagement. Expect to
         16.           COLLABORATIVE PHILANTHROPY ECOSYSTEMS:                            see digital charity events, virtual fundraisers, and immersive philanthropic
                                                                                         experiences in this novel landscape. Nonprofits can explore innovative ways
        Philanthropic organizations in 2024 are fostering greater collaboration. The     to leverage the metaverse for fundraising and community-building.
        focus is shifting from competition to synergy as nonprofits, governments,
        corporations,  and  individuals  work  together  to  address  complex  global     22.                   PEER TO PEER FUNDRAISING:
        challenges.  Collaborative  efforts  amplify  impact  and  create  holistic
        solutions.                                                                       Peer-to-peer fundraising is a dynamic strategy where supporters raise funds        BIANCA BELLO                                       DARREN PORT                                                   NICK LYNCH
                                                                                         on behalf of a nonprofit. Beyond traditional events, it offers diverse formats
         17.                PHILANTHROCAPITALISM EVOLVES:                                like “It Takes a Village: Using Peer-to-Peer to End Homelessness.” Donors          STRATEGY DIRECTOR, HELPGOOD                        CEO & FOUNDER, POWERED BY PROFESSIONALS                       CO-FOUNDER & CEO, COLLIDESCOPE.IO
                                                                                         create individual or team pages, leveraging their networks to collect funds.       In  my  perspective,  the  nonprofit  sector  faces  significant   The philanthropic landscape has always been subject to fluctuations, mirroring the ebbs   As we transition from 2023 to 2024, a central challenge in the nonprofit
        The era of philanthrocapitalism continues to evolve as mega-philanthropists      Qgiv  reports  that  peer-to-peer  drives  50%  of  new  donor  interactions,      challenges  in  building  community  and  trust.  Often  times   and flows of the economy. However, recent global events, such as the ongoing pandemic,   sector is the generation gap in philanthropy. Older generations favor
        strategically allocate vast resources. The line between public and private       making it a valuable tool for acquiring new donors and building a major gift       “community” is overlooked as a buzzword, a nice-to-have,   have led to unprecedented economic uncertainties, and we have already begun to see a   traditional financial donations to established charities, while younger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               decline in charitable giving.
        sectors blurs, reshaping global social and economic systems. Nonprofits          pipeline for nonprofits.                                                           something on the back burner to tackle after reaching fiscal                                                     generations  seek  hands-on,  impact-driven  engagement.  Younger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             donors value transparency  and personalized  interactions,  often
        need to navigate this evolving landscape by understanding and adapting to                                                                                           goals, rather than the foundation to get there. In 2024, it’s   Individuals and corporations alike are tightening their belts and prioritizing other   preferring  digital  communication.  Nonprofits  must  adapt  by  offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               expenditures, leaving less room for charitable donations. While decreased charitable
                                                                                                                                                                            time for the nonprofit sector to make this a priority.
        new funding dynamics.                                                                                                                                                                                                  giving presents a significant challenge for nonprofits, it also provides an opportunity for   diverse  engagement  channels,  ensuring  transparency,  and  tailoring
                                                                                                                                                                            The  world  has  changed.  The  lessons  that  many  learned  in   these organizations to innovate, adapt, and build resilience in the face of adversity. By   interactions  to  individual  preferences.  Collaborations,  flexible  giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             options, educational campaigns, and succession planning are vital. By
         18.          VIRTUAL REALITY FOR EMPATHY AND EDUCATION:                                                                                                            2020 about the staggering disparities in America have only   employing strategic planning and creative problem-solving, nonprofits can continue to
                                                                                      100                                                                                   compounded with each year. Awareness of systemic issues   fulfill their missions and serve their communities effectively, even in times of economic   addressing  these  differences,  nonprofits  can  bridge  the  generational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             gap and  expand their  supporter  base  for  long-term sustainability  in
        Virtual  reality  is  harnessed  to  cultivate  empathy  and  awareness  among                                                                                      is high, but many feel abandoned by the empty promises of                                                        2024 and beyond.
        donors.  By  immersing  themselves  in  the  stories  of  beneficiaries,  donors   80                                                                               traditional systems to find solutions. As a result, mutual aid   Amidst  these  challenges,  a  critical  resource  that  nonprofits  can  leverage  is  their   In  addition,  nonprofit  organizations  must  navigate  a  landscape  filled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               volunteers, particularly those on their boards and committees. Here’s a few ways you
        gain a deeper understanding of the issues they are addressing, leading to                                                                                           networks have become more mainstream.              can utilize them:                                             with  regulatory  shifts,  economic  uncertainties,  operational  changes,
        more informed and compassionate giving. Nonprofits can use VR to create        60                                                                                   While many donor reports show that YOY donations are down   Leverage Volunteers’ Expertise and Networks: Volunteers on the board and committees   and staffing issues in the upcoming year. To succeed, they should pursue
        impactful storytelling experiences that resonate with donors on a profound                                                                                          in 2023, donors are far from checked out. People across the   often  bring  a  wealth  of  knowledge  and  expertise  from  various  fields.  Nonprofits  can   a  multifaceted  approach.  This  includes  diversifying  funding  sources,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             embracing corporate partnerships to leverage expertise and resources,
        level.                                                                         40                                                                                   country are organizing on social media for issues they care   leverage this expertise to navigate regulatory changes, operational challenges, and   collaborating with influencers to extend their reach and foster a diverse
                                                                                                                                                                            about and building local networks to support each other in   economic uncertainties. Volunteers can also access their networks of wealthy individuals   community, experimenting with innovative storytelling techniques, and
         19.                INCLUSIVE GIVING AND DIVERSITY:                           20                                                                                    more direct, immediate ways than traditional philanthropy   with substantial capacity to support nonprofits. Even in times of economic hardship,   adopting data-driven decision-making. Nonprofits should also focus on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               there  remains  significant  amounts  of  individual  wealth.  By  leveraging  their  personal
                                                                                                                                                                            allows. They are making a significant impact, all powered by   networks, volunteers can help circumvent the tightening of corporate sponsorship   agile, sustainable operations, promote staffing flexibility and retention,
        Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)  take  center  stage  in  philanthropy.   0                                                                                  community care.                                    money.                                                        and remain  adaptable in  campaign tactics  to  address  unexpected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             economic  challenges.  These  strategies  are  critical  for  resilience  and
        Organizations prioritize diverse leadership, foster inclusive practices, and                       YES                                   NO                         The most significant risk in 2024, in my opinion, is not having   Foster a Culture of Open Communication: Keeping all stakeholders informed, including   success in a dynamic environment.
        fund projects that address systemic inequalities. Ensuring that philanthropy                                                                                        a digital strategy.  Many  organizations  are  operating  with   volunteers, is vital during times of uncertainty. Open communication can foster trust,
        benefits all is not just a moral imperative but a strategic necessity.                  GEN Z (<25)     MILLENIALS (25-34)  GEN X (35-54)   BOOMERS (55+)           antiquated systems for communicating with donors and are   encourage input, and ensure everyone is aligned with the organization’s strategies and   Furthermore, nonprofits grapple with substantial risks, notably employee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             burnout. Relentless mission pursuit strains staff, demanding empathetic
                                                                                                                                                                            not ready to prioritize building digital communities.                                                            and scalable solutions. Key recommendations involve tackling burnout
        20.                    DATA-DRIVEN PHILANTHROPY:                                 In  conclusion,  the  philanthropic  landscape  of  2024  is  dynamic  and                                                            Develop  Fundraising  Policies  and  Procedures:  Volunteers can play a crucial role in   by  monitoring  workloads,  promoting  self-care,  and  offering  mental
                                                                                         multifaceted.  Nonprofit  organizations  must  remain  agile,  embrace             “Digital natives” are not just kids in high school anymore -   fundraising, especially during an economic downturn. They can help develop effective   health resources. Flexibility in work arrangements, support programs,
        Data analytics play an increasingly pivotal role in philanthropic decision-      technological advancements, and align their strategies with the evolving           in 2024, Gen Z is turning 27, Millennials are turning 43, and   fundraising policies and procedures, engage with potential donors, and stimulate   and professional growth opportunities foster a more resilient culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               innovative fundraising ideas.
        making.  Donors  and  organizations  use  data  to  measure  the  impact  of     preferences  and  priorities  of  donors  to  maximize  their  impact  and  drive   Gen X is turning 59. These audiences care about social issues                                                   Transparent  communication  and  empathetic  leadership  are  crucial,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             as  are  diversity  and  inclusion  efforts.  Maintaining  the  organization’s
                                                                                                                                                                            and are already taking action in their own communities. A
        their  contributions,  refine  strategies,  and  optimize  resource  allocation.   positive change in an ever-changing world.                                       comprehensive digital strategy to reach them needs to be a   Encourage Volunteer Leadership: Empowering volunteers to take up leadership roles   culture during growth by embedding mission and values is essential.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               can  boost  the  organization’s  resilience.  They  can  lead  initiatives,  drive  change,  and
        Nonprofits should invest in robust data analytics capabilities to demonstrate                                                                                       part of 2024 planning well in advance of Giving Tuesday to   bring fresh perspectives to the table.              These measures ensure a healthier, more effective nonprofit sector.
        accountability and maximize their effectiveness.                                                                                                                    build the trust needed for long-term success.      Prioritize  Long-term  Planning: Engaging volunteers in long-term planning can help   Beyond  the  above  challenges  and  recommendations,  the  nonprofit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               nonprofits  navigate  economic  downturns  and  stay  on  track  towards  their  goals.   sector  faces  various  factors  in  the  forthcoming  year.  The  sector’s
                                                                                                                    MAHNAZ CAVALLUZZI, CPA                                  In 2024, nonprofits should be asking themselves how they   Volunteers can provide valuable insights, suggest strategies, and help implement plans.  ongoing digital transformation, precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic,
                                                                                                                                          MANAGER                           can be more nimble, more human, and more online.                                                                 will persist, necessitating further investments in technology and digital
                                                                                                                            CERINI & ASSOCIATES, LLP                                                                           Volunteers can be a valuable asset for nonprofit organizations, especially in times of   strategies.  Additionally,  nonprofits  must  adjust  to  evolving  volunteer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               change and uncertainty. By building strong committees and boards, nonprofits can not   dynamics and respond adeptly to global crises.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               only adapt to the challenges of 2024 but also unlock new opportunities for growth.
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