Hope For Haiti Post on How Nonprofits Can Navigate COVID-19 Featured on Charity Navigator Blog

The Charity Navigator Blog published a post by Hope for Haiti CEO Skyler Badenoch, “3 Tools to Help Your Nonprofit Navigate the Pandemic & Economic Shutdown.” He highlighted 3 resources that Hope For Haiti has found useful in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Core Operating Principles: Inspired by the work of Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio and his book Principles, we revisited and revised Hope for Haiti’s “Top 10 Core Operating Principles.” In our experience, having a code of operations and core principles is critical to operating efficiently and effectively, especially during times of great turmoil.  You HAVE to develop your organization’s core operating principles first before doing anything else on this list! You can download Hope for Haiti’s Core Operating Principles HERE, and modify them to apply to your organization. 
  2. Situational SWOT Analysis: Our leadership team frequently uses a SWOT Analysis to identify our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats during strategic planning and for any emergent situation. In the instance of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we broke up into smaller groups to assess the situation’s impact on our Core Programs, HR/Culture/Finance, Development/Fundraising, and Marketing/Communications. We asked the leadership team to read the most recent update from the CDC and an article published in the Harvard Business Review before answering the SWOT questions. You can download the SWOT Analysis Template HERE and modify them to apply to your organization.
  3. Situational SWOT Matrix: Once our leadership team completed their SWOT Analyses, we combined their responses into a SWOT Matrix that allowed us to identify high, medium, and low priority areas of interest. We then decided on a specific corresponding action to each area of interest on the matrix to guide our activities during these difficult days ahead. This tool was most helpful in identifying where we should spend our time and resources, and where we should stop spending our time and resources given our new reality.  You can download Hope for Haiti’s SWOT Matrix HERE and modify it to apply to your organization.
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