IFTF Foresight Awareness for Philanthropy is a 90-minute, introductory-level online learning experience to jumpstart your process of developing strategic, long-term perspectives within your organization.


Many philanthropies are designed to exist in perpetuity. Yet, it can be hard to think long-term because we are always triaging the urgency of the present, balancing responsive strategies with proactive ones, and engaging with Trustees, grantees and other colleagues to move sustainable change forward.

Foresight can strengthen grantmaking and investment strategies, add a critical layer to learning and evaluation, and make your philanthropy more future-ready.

Start your foresight journey by learning the building blocks of strategic foresight with an exploration of our futures topic—how people, plants, animals, communities, policies, and services will change because of climate disruptions in the next decade. All of this, in partnership with IFTF, which has a 55+ year track record of embedding strategic foresight in organizations.

This course is for you…

You have been wanting to learn about strategic foresight and how it can add value to your work as a philanthropic funder or philanthropy-serving organization.

To maintain a distraction-free environment for learners, this event operates with a non-solicitation policy.

Enroll in a Training Date

DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

TIME: 10:00-11:30am PST / 1:00-2:30pm EST / 19:00-20:30 CEST

LOCATION: Online / Live / Zoom

REGISTRATION: $99 USD per participant

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DATE: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

TIME: 10:00-11:30am PST / 1:00-2:30pm EST / 19:00-20:30 CEST

LOCATION: Online / Live / Zoom

REGISTRATION: $99 USD per participant

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DATE: Wednesday, August 28, 2024

TIME: 10:00-11:30am PST / 1:00-2:30pm EST / 19:00-20:30 CEST

LOCATION: Online / Live / Zoom

REGISTRATION: $99 USD per participant

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DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 2024

TIME: 10:00-11:30am PST / 1:00-2:30pm EST / 19:00-20:30 CEST

LOCATION: Online / Live / Zoom

REGISTRATION: $99 USD per participant

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SKILLS COVERED

Upon completion of the session you will have an introductory understanding of:

  • The professional practice of strategic foresight (definition, value, mindset, use cases in the philanthropic sector);

  • 4 common mental traps that keep us stuck in the present & how foresight can help

  • How to develop an initial perspective on future risks and needs for the next decade of climate disruption

  • The building blocks of futures work: drivers, signals, and forecasts

  • Practical, future-back thinking habits that can be immediately connected to your work

Are you interested in more in-depth learning in Foresight Essentials, specifically designed for individual philanthropic funders or teams at philanthropic organizations and philanthropy-serving organization? 

Explore upcoming training dates for IFTF Foresight Essentials for Philanthropy.

Reviews for IFTF's Foresight for Philanthropy educational offerings:
“Simply put, this training provides foundations with a well-honed toolkit of approaches for engaging stakeholders in thought-provoking, collaborative and generative dialogue that has the power to shape strategy, programs and investments. Foresight practices have been used in government and industry for decades, and just now seem to be making their way into philanthropy — just as the world needs it. As the speed and complexity of our societal problems increase, we need new approaches that allow us to work together to make sense of them.” Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer, Kauffman FoundationAlum of IFTF Foresight Essentials for Philanthropy