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While the tools can be used in any order, we recommend that all community foundations consider starting any process of using these tools by engaging their staff and board in a discussion based on the report and its implications. The suite of tools called Getting Oriented is designed to help you customize such a discussion.

In addition to the report itself and the executive summary, here is what you’ll find in Getting Oriented:
The core of the orientation is a PowerPoint Presentation that provides a simple briefing about the changing environment for community philanthropy and what it might mean for your organization. The presentation consists of 25 animated slides and a selection of group exercises that you can use with your board, staff, and community. It is designed to be used on a computer screen or projector, not as a printed document.

The Presenter’s Guide provides you with more information about how to use the presentation and some ideas about how you can structure an orientation session lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours. 

The suite also includes the Scenario Discussion Guide, which can be used in conjunction with the presentation to spur creative thinking about the future at your organization. The guide presents the various scenarios from On the Brink of New Promise along with questions to prompt discussion with your board or staff about how the future might unfold.

While we are hoping that these materials will be used in many ways, we recommend adapting the Getting Oriented materials in some form—from a rapid 45-minute presentation to a full three-hour discussion and exercises—as the first step in thinking through the On the Brink of New Promise report with your staff and board. From here, you might continue on with your regularly scheduled planning, decide to re-read parts of the report in more depth, or continue on with some of the other materials in the toolkit.

To learn about how you can use other tools in the toolkit, read more about What to Do Next or download the full Guide to Using the Toolkit document. 


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