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Internal environment analysis and considering risk

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Understanding how your non profit organisation thinks and works is vital to improving performance and effectiveness.

There are a whole range of tools available to help you assess key relationships, the culture, your strengths and weaknesses, your portfolio of offerings and your capacity. See Tools to asses the internal environment for examples of these. Once you understand these you can work out what you need to develop as part of your strategy and plan.

Maximising impact is about building on what you do best. Do this by gaining an in-depth understanding of your unique value and internal capabilities against the backdrop of the changing external environment.

A word on risk and healthy risk management

It's important to consider your risk practice when developing strategy: 

  • What is your attitude to risk? 
  • What are your risk management practices? 
  • Do both enable maximisation of impact for your beneficiaries?
  • Do you manage or mitigate risks before they pose a significant problem?

Considering risk implications as part of the development of your strategy is vital. This survey by CFDG and PKF "Managing risk – moving towards the vision" (PDF) is designed to help charities refine their risk management processes and help to keep risks under control. Take a look at it as you consider your capacity and the way you respond to changes in the external environment.

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Page last edited Jul 16, 2014
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