Strategic Time Horizons in Philanthropy

Strategic time horizons are increasingly becoming the subject of thoughtful discussions within philanthropic organizations, causing a shift away from in-perpetuity models as the default approach. Driven by our mission to help donors around the world create thoughtful and effective philanthropy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is exploring how these decisions are being made, and how they impact the overall approach and operations of donors and their institutions.

Survey Reports

RPA’s 2021 Survey on Global Trends and Strategic Time Horizons in Philanthropy is open now. Learn more here.

To gain a data-driven understanding of the rich tapestry of philanthropy on a global scale, RPA conducts a biennial survey on issues, challenges and approaches that drive and impact philanthropy, including reasons for giving, causes, instruments, giving time horizons, decision-making and next-generation involvement.

Global Trends and Strategic Time Horizons in Family Philanthropy: Created in partnership with Campden Wealth based on a survey and interviews with over 200 ultra-high net worth families engaged in philanthropy.

Strategic Time Horizons: A Global Snapshot of Foundation Approaches: This report examines strategies and operations, as well as perceived advantages and disadvantages of philanthropic timeframes.

We are grateful to The Atlantic Philanthropies for their support of this work.

Guidance and Case Studies

Based on years of experience and engagement with funders around the world on the topic of strategic time horizons, RPA’s guides and case studies provide an overview and practical considerations for philanthropies seeking to be more intentional about their time horizons in giving. Resources include: