Next Generation of Philanthrophy
I am seeing people in their twenties raise capital and awareness for non-profit organizations with missions that they care about. I am seeing people in their twenties do fundraisers for politicians and think about running themselves. I am seeing people in their twenties who are using technology to focus on change in their own communities.
The profile of philanthropy is changing. It is millennials and even Generation Z who are reinventing what it means to make an impact where they can measure results. They are interested in equality for all and using their power to make a social impact. We are slowing seeing the rise of a righteous generation of egalitarians.
I saw Lin Manuel speak at an event this past spring. He has always been socially conscious as he grew up that way. He has taken his financial success and alongside his family, applied that to giving back in the world. He said something that stuck with me. He was asked, “What is a legacy?” His answer was “Planting seeds we will never see flourish.” That is from someone who truly cares about the world around him. Those used to be words you would hear from someone who is retired and focusing on philanthropy but now we are seeing the desire to be philanthropic from the beginnings of someones career.
Civic duty from this generation is not about writing checks but about engagement. Civic duty is part of the core of our country although somehow that is not bleeding into this group of hooligans running the country.