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Seven Big Sins of Nonprofit Organizations during Crisis

Published By

Rick Nason, Ph.D.

Published By

Omer Livvarcin, Ph.D.

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Seven Big Sins of Nonprofit Organizations during Crisis

1. Waiting for normal
When normal? What normal? Who knows! Stop hoping you do. If your stakeholders need you, waiting is not an option.

2. Ignoring change
Change is inevitable. Ignoring change is not.

3. Not learning
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” (Eric Hoffer)

4. Missing opportunities
In a crisis, challenges and opportunities co-exist. Focusing solely on challenges equals missed opportunities.

5. Slowing down the operations
A crisis is not a stop sign. People need community services more than ever.

6. Being pessimistic
Pessimism drains energy and motivation. Every cloud has a silver lining: find it.

7. Not managing risk
Risk is like a fire during a crisis. It can provide heat and energy or it can burn everything into ashes. Appropriately risk managed, fire can be managed as a useful tool for sustainability and growth.

Seven Big Sins of Risk Management

Rick Nason and Omer Livvarcin are co-authors of the book “Risk Management for Non-Profits”, published by Business Experts Press. Omer is also the founder of Charify.ca and Vectors Group. Rick is also author of “It’s Not Complicated: The Art and Science of Complexity in Management”, published by University of Toronto Press.

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