Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit. 

Foundation Center is pleased to again partner with Lucy to offer the Blueprint as a GrantCraft guide. The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Tweet about this year's Blueprint using #blueprint17 


  • Insight: Big Ideas That Matter for 2017: What is political? What is philanthropic?
  • Worksheets: Data, Governance, and Your Organization
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2017
  • Hindsight: Renovations to Previous Forecasts
  • Buzzword Watch
  • Glimpses of the Future: Black Lives Matter and Closing Civic Space

This is the fifth year that GrantCraft is partnering with Lucy Bernholz to publish Blueprint. GrantCraft became an editorial and publishing partner because we feel it's important to host conversations about the bigger picture context for funder work. 

Some ways you might consider using this Blueprint include:

  • With colleagues at your organization, this publication can open conversations about the context for your work and any thoughts on expanding your strategic framework.
  • With grantees, this publication can foster conversations outside of specific funding conversations that might also lend context or theory to their approaches.
  • With peers and other foundations, this publication can lead to dialogue about how we as a collective sector may contribute to or challenge the predictions for 2017, and if we're tuned into current trends and buzzwords.
  • With our GrantCraft community, you can consider submitting your own reactions and resources related to themes discussed in this guide.