Contingency Planning Workshops

Contingency Planning and Community Building for Staten Island Not-for-Profit Organizations

The economic crisis that reached a critical state in the fall of 2008 prompted The Staten Island Foundation to reach out to funders such as Richmond County Savings Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation and policy makers such as the Staten Island Not for Profit Association and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the impact of the crisis and take steps that could be taken to alleviate the consequences for Staten Island residents, particularly the least advantaged. On January 16, 2009 a Town Hall was conducted by Community Resources Exchange in order to gather representatives of nonprofits that serve Staten Island to talk about their expectations for their organizations and their clients. Funders and policy makers served as listeners at the event.

The subsequent survey of the participants in the Town Hall demonstrated to the Foundation that continued community dialogue was a priority for the needs of Staten Island organizations and constituents in order to survive and thrive in the economic downturn and beyond. Contingency Planning and Community Building for Staten Island Not-for-Profit Organizations is a series of breakfast workshops, designed with Community Resource Exchange, to facilitate a continued dialogue and provide tools to nonprofit leaders. The breakfast meetings are held at Mount Manresa, a Jesuit Retreat House. (For the Staten Island Advance article, please click here.)

The breakfast series topics included:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Deciding What’s Core to Your Mission
  • Tuesday, April 21,2009 – Collaboration
  • Friday, May 22, 2009 – Developing Budget Scenarios Sharing Strategies for Cost-Cutting
  • Friday, June 19, 2009 – Preserving the Talent: Human Resource Issues during Tough Times

Recommended readings and workshop PowerPoint Presentations:

Tools For Tough Times

Power Point for Deciding What’s Core to Your Mission

Competitive Analysis


Additional Resource

Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) & The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) presented The 2009 Nonprofit Economic Climate Workshop. Managing through the Downturn. To download the powerpoint, webinar & tools, visit