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Nonprofit Risk Management & Contingency Planning: Done in a Day Strategies

ISBN: 978-0-471-79036-5
224 pages
July 2006
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Could your nonprofit stand up to risk assessment from outside authorities?

Would it be ready should a keystaff member leave?

Risk management and business continuity planning have the potential for growing and strengthening the internal structure of your nonprofit, yet, these crucial practices are often deferred--or avoided--because many nonprofits fear the planning process will take forever, step on toes, or gather dust on a shelf once it is completed.

With valuable templates, checklists, and worksheets to facilitate planning and preparation, Nonprofit Risk Management & Contingency Planning: Done in a Day Strategies is the new, uncomplicated way for your nonprofit to get risk management planning done.

With some basic preparation--and dedication of a single day--this easy-to-read and easy-to-use tool introduces you to the nuts and bolts of strategic planning and equips you with the structure to engage successfully in a contingency planning process.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.

Chapter 1. Introduction.


Five Common Myths about Risk Management.

Basic Assumptions.

Board and Senior Management Collaboration.

Pre-Session Preparation.


Overview of the Changes in the Legal Environment.

Whistleblower Protection.

Document Management and Preservation Policy.

Sarbanes-Oxley Best Practices.

Example of State Legislation: California’s Nonprofit Integrity Act.

Bottom Line.


Part 1: Risk Management.

Chapter 2. What Is RiskManagement?

What Is Risk Management?

Risk Management and the Nonprofit’s Structure.

Risk Management Activities.

What Is Not Risk Management?

What Does Real Risk Management Look Like?

Value-Added Aspect of Risk Management.

Risk Management Planning.

Risk Assessment.

Common Risk Areas within Nonprofits.

Implementation of Risk Management Activities.

How Do You Deal with the Risks Once You Identify Them?

Monitoring for Results: Did the Strategies Work?

Risk Management as an Ongoing Process.

Scheduling the Next Round of Risk Management Activities.


Chapter 3. Using the RiskManagement Template.

Building a Risk Management Plan.

Goals and Objectives.

The Nonprofit’s Profile.

Risk Assessment.

Prioritize the Risks.

Action Steps for Risk Treatment.

Simple Metrics to Monitor the Results.

Timetable for the Next Round of Risk Management Activities.


Chapter 4. Done in a Day Session for RiskManagement.

How to Prepare for the DIAD Session.

Timetable for Preparation.

The DIAD Session.

Sample Agenda.

Sample Format of a DIAD Session.

Introduction to Risk Management Planning Training Curriculum Outline.

Summary Q&A.

Sample Outline.


Part II: Business Continuity Plannning.

Chapter 5. Business Continuity Planning.

Two Important Lessons from September 11.

What Is Business Continuity Planning?

Sources of Business Interruptions.

Crisis Communication Plan.

It’s Just a Matter of Time.

Nuts and Bolts of an Effective Crisis Communication Plan.

Value Proposition of Business Continuity Planning.

Preserving Your Nonprofit’s Good Name.

Remaining a Viable Entity.

Preserving Stakeholder Confidence.

Lessons Learned from the Private Sector.


Chapter 6. Using the Business Continuity Planning Template.

Beginning to Plan: Some Considerations.

Introducing the Business Continuity Planning Template.

Part I Crisis Incident Management.

Crisis Incident Management Strategies.

Part II: Transitioning from Managing the Crisis Incident to Resuming Business Operations.

Establishing a Timetable for Updating the Business Continuity Plan.


Chapter 7. Done in a Day Session for Business Continuity Planning.

How to Prepare for the DIAD Session.

Timetable Frame for Preparation.

Nonprofit Operations—Basic Information.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel—Even Outdated Plans Can Be Edited.

The Done in a Day Session.

Sample Format of a DIAD Session.

Business Continuity Planning Template.


Part III: Adding Value to Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning.

Chapter 8. Training in Resource Management and Business.

Continuity Planning for Staff and Volunteers.

Leveraging Training for Maximum Results.

Designing a Curriculum That Works.

Sample Training Agendas and Curricula.

Risk Management Training.

How You Can Help: Your Role in Risk Management.

Business Continuity Training.

Hands-on Training Exercises.

Nature and Use of Emergency Preparedness Exercises.

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Sample Desktop Exercises.

How Is the Success of Emergency Preparedness and Desktop Exercises Measured?


Chapter 9. The ROI of RiskManagement and Business Continuity Planning.

Leveraging Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning for Greater Effectiveness.

How Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning Facilitates Compliance in Today’s New Legislative Environment.

Leveraging Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning to Improve the Quality of Form 990 Filings.


Chapter 10. Ten Ways to Jump-Start the Process.

Appendix A.

Appendix B.



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Author Information

PEGGY M. JACKSON, DPA, CPCU, is a consultant and nationally recognized lecturerin risk management, business continuity planning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. She is a principal with Adjunct LLC and a founding partner of the Fogarty, Jackson & Associates Consulting Group in San Francisco, California. Dr. Jackson has coauthored several books published by Wiley, including Managing Risk in Nonprofit Organizations; Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits; Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofit Management: Skills, Techniques, Methods; and Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofit Boards. She divides her time and consulting practice between her homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington, DC metro area.
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New to This Edition

  • AUTHOR PLATFORM: Peggy M. Jackson is a published author who routinely (10-15 times per year) speaks at seminars and conferences on risk management, business continuity planning and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for nonprofits and private companies.
  • TIPS AND TECHNIQUES: Author uses forms and checklists to accompany the discussion in the text. The focus of the overall presentation is “user-friendly”—readers can understand immediately what steps to take to prepare for, conduct, and leverage the deliverables from the DIAD sessions.
  • BEST PRACTICES: The author provides a summary of the most important aspects of business continuity planning and offers recommendations for best practices.
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