Ideas and Impact

The Future of the Social Sector: What We Learned from 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has changed. Every industry has been disrupted, democracy has been challenged in unprecedented ways, centuries of racial injustice have been brought into new focus, and we have all had to learn anew how to connect—from behind screens, through masks, and despite disinformation.

We now have a chance to turn a corner. If we can learn the right lessons, philanthropy has a unique opportunity to redefine itself, strengthen the social sector in which it operates, and help create a better future. With that goal in mind, Arabella Advisors launched a series of virtual convenings, conversations, and publications focused on the future of the social sector and philanthropy’s role in it.

Our first virtual convening featured Nwamaka Agbo and Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson in conversation with former Arabella CEO, Sampriti Ganguli.

Overarching questions included:

  • Which of 2020’s watershed events or issues will have the most impact on the future of philanthropy?
  • How will those events or issues transform or change the role of philanthropy in civil society?
  • How can philanthropy help even the playing field so that all Americans can benefit from capitalism and democracy?

Watch the full conversation above or read our brief reflections here.