Scenario and Contingency Planning in Philanthropy

Scenario and contingency planning help nonprofit leaders plan for and react to opportunities and challenges that may arise over a given time frame. They enable nonprofits to ask and answer the question, “What would we do if…?” for a variety of circumstances, taking time to consider strategic implications, identify and weigh options, and agree on trade-offs. This “Scenario and contingency planning” page on the Bridgespan website describes how this type of tool is typically used, and what the pre-requirements are for engaging in this process.