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A hands-on risk management playbook for nonprofit leaders, funders, and advisors

In Managing Your Nonprofit for Resilience: Use Lean Risk Management to Improve Performance, Increase Engagement, and Reduce Your Stress, experienced nonprofit risk management expert Ted Bilich delivers a comprehensive and engaging exploration of how to keep your nonprofit vibrant, proactive, and out of trouble.

In the book, you’ll learn how the world’s best charitable organizations employ lean risk management to prioritize, mitigate, and eliminate the most significant risks facing nonprofits today.

Ted teaches you how to develop a risk management cycle and work with risks at the board level, implementing lean risk management tactics incrementally. You’ll also discover:

  • Discussions of fundamental risk management elements
  • Sample compliance checklists, example questions to ask during risk inventories, and common challenges faced by nonprofits in a wide variety of sectors
  • Strategies for confronting nascent risk and issues with radical candor and taking reasonable steps to address them before they spiral out of control

An engaging and essential resource for the managers and directors of nonprofits of all sizes, Managing Your Nonprofit for Resilience belongs on the bookshelves of anyone tasked with shepherding a charitable organization through an increasingly challenging and volatile environment.

Manage Your Nonprofit for Resilience

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Nonprofits face a lot of challenges.

As the video on this page makes clear, nonprofit risk management is not just a best practice. It’s a necessity.

We’re here to help. Using risk management and other process improvement tools, Risk Alternatives supports nonprofits as they develop their strategies, increase sustainability, identify risks, improve resilience, and gain clarity, peace of mind, and value. 

You have come to the right place. At Risk Alternatives, we have decades of experience providing planning, risk management, governance, and counseling support. Foundations pay us to provide training to the nonprofit organizations they fund, and we base our training on hard data and proven methodologies. We have a dramatically lower cost structure than other providers, and we pass that on to the nonprofit leaders we serve.

We are so confident that you will get the value you pay for that we offer nonprofits a full guarantee.

But let’s be clear. For us, the focus is on you. We want to see you thrive

So, are you looking to change the world? We are right there with you – every step of the way.

Momentum Nonprofit Partners

We partnered with our local community foundation and other funders to bring Risk Alternatives into the training fold. They provided both public trainings and in-depth follow-up resilience work. Working with Risk Alternatives was great because they helped our nonprofits learn what risk was, why it’s important, and what they needed to have in place. Risk Alternatives was thoughtful in both how they deliver the content and meeting people where they are.

Kevin Dean

Robins Foundation

Nonprofit risk management is a critical concern for grantees, but for funders, too. We need to create a common vocabulary for discussing risk with the nonprofits we support, and Risk Alternatives plays a vital role in that effort.

Kelly Chopus
President & CEO / Robins Foundation

Idaho Community Foundation

Ted and his team were great to work with. Collaborating with them was a great opportunity for our nonprofit partners to learn more about risk management and resiliency.

Sarah Wissenbach
Philanthropic Services Assistant / Idaho Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Broward

Ted Bilich at Risk Alternatives turns nonprofit risk management workshops into resilience master classes. Our work with Risk Alternatives has been absolutely critical for our grantees, and we’ve gotten great engagement and feedback. More funders should be doing this!

Sheri Brown Grosvenor
Vice President, Community Impact / Community Foundation of Broward

The Forbes Funds

The Forbes Funds has worked with Risk Alternatives for a number of years to build capacity in nonprofit risk management in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Risk Alternatives’ work with nonprofits is transformative. 501c3 organizations desperately need nonprofit risk management and resilience support, and they need the support of funders in getting it. Risk Alternatives is a true leader in the field, and we look forward to continuing this work together.

Fred Brown
President & CEO / The Forbes Funds

United Methodist Church Union

Working with Risk Alternatives really opened my eyes to the need for intentional risk analysis - even in a small to midsize nonprofit! Ted's guidance was invaluable as we worked to understand and to internalize the measures for assessing risk. Risk analysis was delivered in a fashion that was truly 'right-sized' for a smaller organization to handle while being incredibly relevant and helpful for the long term.

Cheri Pogue
Chief Operating Officer / United Methodist Church Union

Diaper Bank

Nonprofit risk management is so important, but it’s hard to find practical resources to get started and keep going. Risk Alternatives’ support makes all the difference!

Carrie Compton
Operations and Finance Manager / St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

Advocates Against Family Violence

Thanks so much for the great series on risk management. I have already shared with our Leadership team and they will be watching the videos as well. We will most definitely be integrating these practices into our operations.

Kim Deugan

Family Biz Builder

We’re a small, scrappy nonprofit that intends to do great things. Having Risk Alternatives and the BeST group in our corner gives us a leg up on that growth. Thanks, Risk Alternatives!

Peggie Henderson
Executive Director / Family Biz Builder


Since beginning to work with you when I assumed the Executive Director role at OAR, Risk Alternatives has made a huge difference in our approach to managing potential risks, threats, and opportunities.

Elizabeth Jones Valderrama

Local Government Academy

Risk Alternatives went above and beyond, not only working with us to get us started with nonprofit risk management, but also explaining the risk process to our board to get additional buy-in. As a small nonprofit organization, that sort of support is a game-changer.

Joy Ruff
Executive Director / Local Government Academy