What might the charity of the future look like?

The future.charity is a thought experiment to explore what it means to be a charity in an unknown future.

Read about our theory of change.

About the future charity

Principles for the future charity

  • Cause-agnostic
  • Digital-by-default
  • Innovation through open ecosystems
  • Creating permeable boundaries
  • Utilising platform business models
  • Complexity and systems thinking

Discuss the charity of the future

What would charity be like in a futuristic world?
Archibugi developed the concept of what he calls 'blade runner economics' which shows that when think about a distant future …
Could a charity ever fundraise effectively if it had zero data about donors?
Fundraisers cite data management as the number one challenge for increasing donations. Could a charity ever fundraise effectively if it …
How will emerging technology impact the charity sector?
Manifesto’s ‘The Future Charity‘ report includes an interesting graph about the impact of technology on the charity sector. Perhaps the …
Should the charity sector provide the moral compass for society?
Mark Stevenson talks about charity's "dreams of a more equitable, sustainable, humane and just world." Does this reinforce the idea …
What skills will the leaders of future charities need to be successful?
How will charities develop a leadership model that shifts from the traditional command and control to a future-fit decentralised, distributed …
What would the charity sector look like if charities were government funded essential services?
Charities perform an important role in society, often taking on delivering services that no other organisation can or want to. …
The cycle of responsibility
The cycle of responsibility explains how a charity ensures good governance, by having each group people involved in the charity …
Digital is… and isn’t
Digital is a mindseta way of operating Digital isn't just another marketing channel.a way to magic up a new audience.cheaper …
Charity law and regulations limit future definitions of a charity
In 2020, charity law and Charity Commission regulation place strict regulation on starting a new charity, making the cause of …