Strategic Planning and Risk Management – Recap

Our popular series continues to provide invaluable insights and assistance to the Coast’s not-for-profit sector.  Our most recent Forum addressed Strategic Planning and Risk Management and was presented by Steve Pearce who is the Chief Executive Officer of Surf Life Saving NSW. Steve addressed the value to a not-for-profit in having a strategic plan, the importance of understanding risk to members and staff and how organisations can implement a strategic plan and risk register.

We gained so much from Steve who, after 30 years working in emergency services, entered the corporate sector in 2015 providing crisis and emergency response capability development to executives and boards of some of Australia’s largest companies. In 2017, he was appointed CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, one of the largest and most iconic volunteer member-based movements in Australia with 75,000 members. Steve is currently leading the organisation in significant transformational change through cultural focusing, innovation, collaboration and technology, to ensure it remains relevant, adaptive and prepared to meet the ever-changing environment.

Previous sessions have focused on Governance, Roles & Responsibilities and Culture & Ethics.  The focus has been on Board Members and their conduct, composition, accountabilities and behaviours. This session was designed to focus on communicating how the Board will guide and protect the ‘business’ of the not-for-profit plus how a Board can set a clearly defined strategy and identify the risks of the business.

Steve walked the group through the series of events that led his organisation to make strategic planning and risk management even more of a priority.  He described at length how in collaboration with their members, the Executive Team at SLSNSW was able to deliver a strategic plan that could be easily understood, adopted, adaptable and referenced.  He wanted it to be a living, breathing document not simply put onto a shelf and forgotten.  The group also benefited from receiving a risk register template that SLSNSW utilise to track and map risk.  For those interested, this session was recorded and can be found in the coming week on our YouTube channel.  Search for Fortunity Central Coast and follow the links.

In October we welcome back Bianca Crocker from Fish Community Solutions who joins us from Melbourne.  Bianca participated in the 2018 program and was one of our most popular keynotes with a special focus on Grants, Sponsorship and Fundraising.  This time Bianca will have a focus on Donor Relationships and Fundraising.  Bianca is amazing at helping not-for-profit organisations navigate their relationships with onors ensuring longevity and also the dos and don’ts of fundraising.

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