Future scenarios for the charity sector in 2045

Carolyn J. Cordery, Karen A. Smith, Harry Berger

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Rapid change is affecting the demography, technology and availability of resources (both financial and volunteer) on which charities draw. This paper presents four different scenarios that could describe the charity sector one generation from now as it responds to a different world. We highlight the dangers if any one scenario becomes dominant. While it is inevitable that change will occur, these drawbacks should be minimized and it is important that public funders and policy makers steer intelligently through this changing world. Also, charity leaders must prepare and plan for inevitable change in the sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number3
Early online date13 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2017

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Public Money & Management on 13/2/2017, available online http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09540962.2017.1281662


  • charity futures
  • charity strategy
  • futurology
  • volunteering


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