Risk Aversion: Recognizing Problems Early On
This workshop raises participants' sensitivity to operational "red flags" that should be warning signs to managers, executives, and board members that their organization may be getting into trouble.
Nonprofits have to play by a lot of different rule books. They have to track and report on many, sometimes dozens, of funding sources-often through fiscal years that don't match. The many programs they run often have different, unique goals and requirements.
Nonprofits that have done their business the same way for a long time may end up on autopilot, failing to keep up with best practice or new regulations. Similarly, the departure of long serving executives, finance managers, and program directors may mean the loss of significant informal and undocumented knowledge about a program or the organization. New managers and board members may be challenged to understand how the organization works, to determine whether it is complying with requirements, and to assess its efficiency and effectiveness.
This workshop will help board members, staff and/or funders become acquainted with ways of discovering the current strengths and liabilities of an organization-early enough to do something about the problems they may discover.