You and Your Organisation

Risk Checklist

 Do you have adequate systems in place to manage risk?

 Use the following questions to figure out your organisation's current level of risk:

Risk Management

Does your organisation have procedures in place to comply with employment, equality, and health and safety legislation?

Risk is a situation involving an exposure to danger. You should approach risk management positively, as part of the day-to-day management of the organisation, for it does not just identify threats, it also provides opportunities for improvements.

Threats and opportunities

Most risk can be anticipated and therefore planned for, for example:

Fundraising

Aim to build long term relationships with your funders

It is vital that your organisation approaches fundraising in a strategic way, with proper planning, implementation and evaluation.

Information and Copyright

Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency

Information

It is imperative that you establish systems for the proper administration and management of information. Organisations are bombarded with vast volumes of information daily, received by post, telephone, text, email, fax, etc. Poor systems will lead to organisational inefficiency. For example, how do you ensure that information is passed round all relevant people? How do you keep track of your library resources?

Premises and Equipment

Make sure you have an assets register listing details of all your capital assets and dates of purchase and disposal

Unless your group is very small and operates from the homes of individuals, you will have some sort of premises, however basic. You are also likely to have furniture and equipment, and possibly vehicles and stock. The sourcing, security and maintenance of these is your responsibility.

Money and Assets

This section provides practical advice on how to effectively manage your organisation's money and assets, ranging from your office equipme

Funder Relations

Never, ever forget to thank donors!

In order to gain and retain public confidence, you must be absolutely clear about who funds you. This can be difficult if donors want anonymity. You must respect requests for anonymity but clarify this in your accounts. In this case, you can expect to have to answer ongoing questions about the identity of the donor(s). To protect your good name further, it is vital that you have proper cash handling procedures, especially if you raise money from the general public.

Never, ever forget to thank donors!

Organisation Relationships

 Who you work with can be just as important as how you work

Internal Policies and Procedures

Deciding policy is only the beginning...

Policies provide a framework within which an organisation makes choices about how it operates and so can either help or hinder the implementation of the strategic plan. Organisations may have policies on any number of topics, for example:

Strategic Planning

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

Reasons for planning

Planning is vital, yet people find all sorts of reasons for not doing it! If there are new demands on organisations (for example, pressure on resources, awareness of unmet needs, political or legislative changes) many try to respond immediately.

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

This can lead to wasted energies, haphazard developments and conflict. Even when plans are made, they are sometimes not implemented, or the impact of the plans is not evaluated. Remember that planning is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

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