Worried about the health of our democracy? There’s a bright light. Nation-wide the social sector is expanding to include NGOs led by a new generation, entrepreneurs building companies that offer a social return, networks of change-makers who share a profession or passion, and philanthropies taking many new forms. Together they’re tackling hard problems at the community and national levels. In the process they build social capital and citizen agency—powerful antidotes to distrust and dysfunction. Join a philanthropy skeptic and a philanthropy strategist to consider ways your giving and volunteerism may not only solve problems, but build the societal trust and associational life on which our democracy depends.