Community foundations and other place-based funders operate in an environment that is dramatically different from the one in which many of their current practices and structures were developed. As a result, it will become increasingly important for community philanthropy leaders to ask whether the systems and practices they use today are the right ones for serving their community in the future

To help funders adapt, the Monitor Institute (a part of Deloitte Consulting LLP) developed the What’s Next for Community Philanthropy toolkit—nine interactive exercises, essays, and games designed to help community philanthropy organizations challenge old assumptions and imagine new possibilities for serving their communities. The toolkit was officially released in September 2014, and is already being used with community foundation boards and staff around the United States and Canada. According to Suzanne Allen of Philanthropy Ohio, “The What’s Next for Community Philanthropy toolkit truly equips community foundations to break out of their status quo. I’ve now used the tools with a number of foundations in Ohio and it pushes people’s thinking in amazing ways. This is powerful work.”

In an effort to continue to share the What’s Next toolkit with the field and to help individual community foundations better apply the tools within their organizations, the Monitor Institute is co-hosting a series of train-the-trainer workshops that aim to build a cadre of skilled What’s Next facilitators in key regions across the United States. The interactive facilitator training workshops provide groups of up to 40 Regional Association staff, field leaders, and local consultants with the knowledge and first-hand experience they need to effectively lead sessions using the What’s Next tools with the boards and staff of local community philanthropy organizations.

More specifically, the day-long What’s Next for Community Philanthropy Facilitator Training workshop provides participants with: (1) an overview of the core ideas and tools in the What’s Next toolkit; (2) the opportunity to practice adapting and facilitating the tools for customized use with funders in their areas; and (3) helpful feedback and pointers from peers and skilled What’s Next trainers.

For more information about the workshop, email or contact your regional association.


Materials for participants:

Facilitator Training Workshop Instructions for all participants

Part 1 for all participants

Part 2 for Team A

Part 2 for Team B

Part 2 for Team C