The Philanthropy Forecast is the DLC's signature biennial discussion on the future of the profession. The event brings together a panel of experts in philanthropy, economics, and fundraising to discuss trends that will shape our industry in the near future, and is attended widely by fundraising and philanthopy professionals across Chicago.

Past Forecast topics have included:

2017:  Passionate Philanthropy in Unpredictable Waters: Strategies for Thriving Amid State and National Fiscal Challenges
Robin M. Steans, Chairman at the Steans Family Foundation; Ric Estrada, President and CEO at Metropolitan Family Services; and Greg Cameron, Executive Director at the Joffrey Ballet. Moderated by Steve George, Assistant Dean of Advancement at UIC College of Nursing.

2015: Evolving Landscape: Funding Public and Private Partnerships
Donald A. Cooke, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at the McCormick Foundation; Donna La Pietra, COO and Vice President of of Kurtis Productions and Philanthropist; and Wendi Taylor Nations, Chief Marketing Officer at World Business Chicago. Moderated by Ken Modezelewski, Senior Campaign Strategist at The Trust for Public Land.

2013: The Next Generation in Philanthropy
Liz Lefkofsky, Director of the Lefkofsky Foundation, and Charles Ashby (Chuck) Lewis, Chairman of the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation. Moderated by Tom Wick, Chief Advancement Officer at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute.

2011: Measurement or Myth: Accountability in Fundraising
Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement and Adele Simmons, Ph.D., Vice-Chair and Senior Executive at Metropolis Strategies. Moderated by Jamie Phillippe, Vice President for Development and Donor Services at The Chicago Community Trust.

2009: Chicago’s Olympic Impact
David Bolger, Chief Operating Officer for Chicago 2016 and Donald Cooke, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy of the McCormick Foundation.

2007: Iconic Architecture and Fundraising
John Rowe, CEO of Exelon Corporation and Dirk Lohan, Principal Architect of Lohan Anderson, LLC.

2005: The Future of Philanthropy
Jonathan Fanton, President of The John D. and Cathrine T. MacArthur Foundation and Larry Keeley, Futurist at the Keeley Group.