Risk in Philanthropy: A Framework for Evaluation

To help both grantmakers and NGOs better identify, assess, mitigate, and plan for risk in their portfolios, Open Road Alliance offers the following framework for evaluating risk. This brief framework is designed to provide grantmakers and NGOs with tools to conceptualize and describe risk and its implications within the scope of their philanthropic work.

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Survey Databook: 2018 Contingency Funding in Philanthropy Assessment
In 2017, to build on the findings from its 2015 study, Open Road commissioned Harder+Company Community Research to conduct an in-depth assessment of what happens to nonprofits when they encounter unexpected catastrophic roadblocks and how foundations respond to offer support.
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Roadblock Analysis Report
The findings from this multivariable roadblock analysis provide the first-ever empirical dataset on “what goes wrong” in impact- focused projects and offer early conclusions on how specific roadblocks correlate with other variables.
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Risk in Philanthropy: A Framework for Evaluation
This brief framework is designed to provide grantmakers and NGOs with tools to conceptualize and describe risk and its implications within the scope of their philanthropic work.
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Foundations Don’t Know What They’re Risking
Critical gaps exist in philanthropy’s definitions of and approach to risk management. This article describes the scope of the problem and a framework for philanthropists to adopt risk-management practices that better equip the sector to address the challenges of our time.

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Risk in Philanthropy: A Framework for Evaluation
This brief framework is designed to provide grantmakers and NGOs with tools to conceptualize and describe risk and its implications within the scope of their philanthropic work.
Open Road Resource
Foundations Don’t Know What They’re Risking
Critical gaps exist in philanthropy’s definitions of and approach to risk management. This article describes the scope of the problem and a framework for philanthropists to adopt risk-management practices that better equip the sector to address the challenges of our time.
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Contingency Strategies, Mitigation Strategies
How to Build Effective Funder-Grantee Relationships
One of the most fundamental aspects of risk management lies within the funder-grantee relationship itself. Use this tool to build transparency and trust between funders and nonprofits.
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How to Implement Non-Financial Risk Mitigation Strategies
Financial support is not the only way to mitigate risk, and it is not necessarily the most effective measure in every circumstance. This document outlines non-financial strategies that funders could consider pursuing to partner with grantees in addressing and mitigating risks.