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Crafting nonprofit management assessments: a focus on risk, ethics, and communication

Those who work within the nonprofit world can sometimes overlook the importance of assessing risk and ethics within an organization. A clear idea on an approach to risk, ethics, and communication can be translated to action and is vital to success.

This session will discuss why risk assessments are important and how to identify, analyze, and prioritize areas for assessment. How to craft the risk assessment and the benefits of risk assessments will be discussed. Further, the session will include a basis for training in compliance and ethics, mitigation, monitoring strategies, and developing benchmarks for ongoing assessments.

The focus is on ethics and communication as both are strongly linked as foundational aspects, leadership, and organizational culture. 

Through the session the following Learning Objectives will be accomplished:
-An understanding of risk assessment and importance in organizational capacity building and management;
-An understanding of how adherence to nationally recognized standards of ethical practice impacts organizations and consultants;
-An understanding of how risk assessments, ethics, and communication to inform grant design, and development; and
-An understanding that professional practice, leadership, and organizational culture is informed by and informs risk, ethical standards, and practice.

The session will discuss risk assessment in terms of nonprofit organizations and will also examine applicability to consultant practice and how risk and ethics impact a consultant or individual. 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers 

Ruth McLean Dawson holds an MSc in Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management and has extensive experience working with nonprofits at local, regional, national, and international levels - direct service, management, and development - both on-site and from remote locations. She works as a nonprofit coach and consultant focused on organizational feasibility and sustainability - ensuring nonprofit readiness to seek grants, strategic planning, evaluation, communication, quality, and fundraising.