The “What’s Next for Community Philanthropy” toolkit aims to help community philanthropy organizations apply innovation and design methodologies to think creatively about their business models and the broader future of the field.

To get a sense of what you’ll find in the toolkit, please read the Overview document below. Or if you prefer, flip through the “short story” visual distillation of the What’s Next message, instead. There is also a short addendum for Canadians that highlights the unique differences between community philanthropy in the U.S. and Canada.

The other tools are designed to be mixed and matched in a variety of ways, so once you’re ready, feel free to dive into the individual pieces to help you begin to look outward to anticipate what the future might bring, to look around to learn from others, to look inward to challenge your own assumptions, and then to get to action.

Looking Outward

Follow emerging global and local trends, and assess what they might mean for your community. And at the same time, make sure you have a good understanding of who is already serving your community.

Looking Around

Innovation doesn’t need to mean “new”; it just needs to be new to you and your organization. Look to “bright spots” already emerging inside and outside the field, and don’t be afraid to copy shamelessly.

Looking Inward

Challenge orthodoxies and blind spots that are keeping you from recognizing new opportunities, and actively build a portfolio of the roles that are right for your organization and community.

Getting to Action

Whether you want to shift your organization’s core or experiment around the edges, there are a number of first steps you can take to begin thinking creatively about the roles and services you provide.