Writing checks is not enough for these philanthropists. They are creating countrywide awareness campaigns, raising funds and often, literally, working on the ground, working to see that progress is made. They are interacting closely with locals, listening, learning and understanding their needs.
Today's philanthropists are oftentimes acting as innovators, testing potential programs and solutions. And once they find something that works, they are persuading governments, which have greater resources, to bring their answers to scale.
These methods of sharing best practices and learning from others truly enables what's most exciting about philanthropy today: the broad palette and the potential each and every philanthropist has to make the kind of difference that changes lives and the world.
—By Diane Whitty, global head, The Philanthropy Centre, J.P. Morgan Private Bank