The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, a supporter of United Philanthropy Forum, has released a new report, Resilience at Work: How Nonprofits Adapt to Disruption. How Funders Can Help. The report describes seven characteristics of resilient organizations, as well as principles that can help pave the way for funders who want to enhance nonprofit resilience. It draws on interviews, conversations, guidance, and working sessions to explore the capacities that matter most to organizations experiencing shocks and disruptions. The report includes profiles of seven nonprofits that confronted and effectively responded to a range of disruptions - including United Philanthropy Forum.
Barbara Kibbe, Director, Effectiveness for the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, notes in the report's foreword that they are releasing the publication at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic rages, "causing untold human suffering and threatening the viability of nonprofits whose work is vital to society today and tomorrow. Resilience is a watchword of the day, and we hope that the insights captured in this report can help point the way for nonprofits and funders working tirelessly to respond and adapt to the new realities caused by the pandemic. In the coming months, we are certain there will be much more to learn about what it takes to respond and adapt to a global disruption of this magnitude."