Preparing for Sustained Success in a Changing World

In 2013, Foundation program officers began working in partnership with grantees to examine and discuss seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. Many of the resources below were generated through the Foundation’s experience. In 2018, consultant Diana Scearce was commissioned to explore the capacities that matter most to organizations experiencing shocks and disruptions. The inquiry yielded a series of additional resources, including an overview and case studies.

These tools are being shared to heighten interest in resiliency as an asset for nonprofits operating in a dynamic landscape, and to fuel new conversations regarding the value of resiliency in the context of grantee-grantmaker relationships.

Resiliency-Guide-225The Resiliency Guide

This guide features seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency. The factors are presented in a way that can fuel discussion and inform action to strengthen resiliency.




Resiliency-Interview-225Talking Resiliency: An Interview with Barbara Kibbe and Ruth Norris

Barbara Kibbe, head of the Effectiveness arm of the Foundation, and consultant Ruth Norris discuss the topic of organizational resiliency.




Resiliency-Bibliography-225Studying Resiliency: Select Bibliography

The Foundation commissioned the Monitor Institute to develop a rich collection of publications relevant to resiliency, including specific sources related to each of the resiliency factors used in the Resiliency Guide.




Resiliency-GranteePerspective-225Why Resiliency? A Grantee Story

Ashley Boren, Executive Director of Sustainable Conservation, shares her perspective on the value of assessing and investing in resiliency.





Adapting to Disruption

This brief offers preliminary observations on what it takes for social impact organizations to weather internal and external disruptions.





National Immigration Law Center: Making a Difference Today While Planning for a Better Tomorrow

This resiliency case study explores the National Immigration Law Center’s swift and effective response in defending and advancing immigrant rights in the face of persistent volatility.



Partnership for Public Service: Keeping People and Culture at the Center in Turbulent Times

This resiliency case study shares how the Partnership for Public Service bounced back from multiple disruptions, including reshaping its funding model and navigating changes in the federal government.