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Business continuity planning (from


From The Ontario Nonprofit Network ( )

In an ideal world, we’d all have business continuity plans ready at our fingertips! If you do, now is the time to dust it off and ensure that everyone on your team knows what your plans are. If you don’t have one, now is the time to put together a small group of team members (which could include board members or volunteers) and craft a plan. Be sure to address:

  • Who makes decisions during this time and what criteria do they use to make decisions?
  • Who, when and how do you communicate with your staff, volunteers, clients, program participants and stakeholders such as partners and funders?
  • What “business” functions are critical to maintain and which ones can be cancelled or postponed? 
  • Do you have contact information handy for key people – such as board members, staff, partners, professional services (such as bookkeepers, accountants, lawyers), funders, etc.?
  • If you have an office, do you have access to critical organizational information should the office not be accessible? E.g. back-ups, storage on the cloud, etc.

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