Funding Resiliency

About this collection: This Content Collection shares a collection of resources developed by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on the topic of resiliency. It is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

Resiliency is the capacity of organizations to respond effectively to change, to adapt successfully to new and unforeseen conditions and circumstances – and to seize opportunity. It’s an essential characteristic of organizations that are built for ongoing success.

Supporting Resilient Organizations

Resilience at Work: How Nonprofits Adapt to Disruption. How Funders Can Help.

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Today and in the future, there is one thing social change leaders can be sure of: they will experience disruption, uncertainty, and significant change. Whether recovering from a hurricane, navigating global health concerns, responding to shifts in public policy, or regrouping after the departure of a top leader, nonprofits that …

Resilience in 2020

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New field research examines how nonprofits have experienced the crises of 2020 – and what this tells us about organizational resilience. Findings are based on interviews with 22 leaders at 19 nonprofits and intermediaries in September and October.

Resiliency Guide

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This Guide is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

Rehearsing the Future: An Introduction to Developing and Using Scenarios

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Scenarios are stories about different future environments in which today’s decisions might play out. We cannot predict the future. However, by thinking creatively and rigorously about a range of scenarios, we can rehearse future possibilities and prepare for what might be next. In the summer of 2020, as the COVID-19 …

Supporting Nonprofit Resiliencey: Frequently Asked Questions

To help grantmakers support nonprofit resilience, GEO has compiled answers to some of the most common questions about financial sustainability, capacity building and leadership development.

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