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Crises can happen at any time, and there is no end to the potential disasters facing nonprofits. Though there are tips and methods that you can apply if things go wrong to help improve your organization's chances of survival, the most effective steps are the ones taken before times get tough. Taking the time to develop a comprehensive crisis management plan can be the difference between going under and getting back on track. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about managing crisis.

Preparing for crisis can help improve the overall health of your organization.

Developing a crisis management plan will help you take the necessary steps towards preparedness. While many of the steps included in the crisis management plan are useful for coping with disaster, others are good practices even under normal circumstances for promoting the overall health of your organization. Being fiscally responsible, establishing strong communication policies, protecting employees and volunteers, and creating an efficient managerial structure are all excellent policies, even when sailing smooth waters.

Use these additional resources to help you manage a crisis within your organization.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
The Nonprofit Finance Fund provides advice and consulting on financial management for nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center is a nonprofit organization that offers other nonprofits online risk management resources in the areas of volunteer risk management, financial risk management, employment practices, and youth protection.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management. “Risk Management.”
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association focused on improving the capacity of Nonprofits. Their “Risk Management” section provides a great resource for managing crisis in your organization.