2012 – Year of Taking Risks and Being Bold Says Leaders

There are many donors and leaders in the philanthropic community but very few of them share their advice publicly.  Arabella Advisors released Impact 2012, a collection of first-hand pieces from Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and 11 other prominent leaders from the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors offering their advice about how to be more strategic and create more impact for 2012.

Themes of taking risk, being bold and looking at issues from a fresh perspective resonate consistently in the report.

….need to be open to funding new ventures that take a fresh approach to problem-solving. There Is risk involved, but there is a far bigger risk in refusing to bet on the future.

In 2012, philanthropy in this country must support young entrepreneurs as they take their ideas and energy global.

2012 is the year for philanthropy to take bold and focused action to address the challenges in our broken food system.

(B)ut philanthropy cannot be the clean-up engine for governmental problems or mismanagement.

This is a moment of invention. In 2012, philanthropists will not only navigate this landscape, but also shape it.

I wonder if these leaders will be applying their own advice in their own philanthropic work? Let’s see what 2012 brings….