2018 Predictions

3 January 2018

In this episode of the Giving Thought podcast, Rhodri gives some thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing charities, donors and civil society organisations around the globe over the coming year. Predictions (guesses...) include:

  • A renewed focus on tax relief for donations
  • An increasingly difficult environment for advocacy
  • A divergence of opinion over impact measurement
  • Greater use of non-traditional models for philanthropy
  • More focus on data, in terms of balancing privacy concerns with the need for open data
  • Using machine learning to determine trends in social data
  • Even more interest in addressing the ethical challenges of AI and other technologies
  • More donations of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from those who have made large amounts through increases in value
  • New digital assets being created and donated

About the Giving Thought podcast

The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject.  Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri



Speaker profile: Rhodri Davies

Rhodri's specialist areas include philanthropy, history of philanthropy, the future of giving, Blockchain/Bitcoin and charity, artificial intelligence and giving, augmented/virtual reality and charity and the science of charitable giving.


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