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Managing in Times of Recession Family Resource Centre National Forum June 9 th , 2009 Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Delivered by Caroline Egan Training and Development Manager Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups. 7 Point Survival Plan. Strategy Shared Services Collaboration

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Managing in Times of RecessionFamily Resource Centre National ForumJune 9th, 2009Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone

Delivered by

Caroline Egan

Training and Development Manager

Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups

7 point survival plan
7 Point Survival Plan
  • Strategy
  • Shared Services
  • Collaboration
  • Diversification of Funding
  • Board Support
  • Staff Motivation
  • Full Cost Recovery
strategy
Strategy
  • Clarify which activities contribute to mission
  • Clarify the demand patterns for services
  • Promote the right strategy
  • Cut or defer activities : re-align front-line service
  • Focus on service delivery and value
shared services
Shared Services
  • The Carmichael Centre Model
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Office Space
  • Catering
  • I.T., Administration, Direct Mailing
  • Payroll & Accounts
  • Training
  • Common Procurement
collaboration
Collaboration
  • Partnership working (fixed time period) including integrating service provision
  • Strengthen key relationships
  • Share knowledge and information
  • Collaborate on funding applications and staffing arrangements
diversification of funding
Diversification of Funding
  • Manage donor relationships: outputs and outcomes
  • Develop “grass roots” funding strategy – think GAA, political parties
  • Demonstrate your impact through your successes:

- Highlight needs

- Help people understand work

- Highlight your track record

fundraising from the public
Fundraising from the Public

You need to communicate a simple persuasive fundraising idea:

Example: RNIB (UK)

Everyday 100 people start to lose their sight. We need your support to help rebuildlives devastated by sight loss.

= (NEED) (SOLUTION) (NOW)

board support
Board Support
  • Realities Versus Aspirations
  • Governance and Strategic Direction
  • Relationship between Chair and Manager
staff motivation
Staff Motivation
  • “Psychological Contract” between organisation and employees
  • Communicate clearly – minimise “blocker” impact
  • Re-structure work:

- Equity Theory of Motivation

- Goal-setting Theory

full cost recovery
Full Cost Recovery
  • Direct Costs and Overhead Costs
  • Allocate costs to services and projects appropriately
  • Analyse your cost base: major outputs, central functions, office costs, governance costs
zero base budgeting zbb
Zero-base Budgeting (ZBB)
  • Budgeting method in which all expenditures must be justified each year, not just amounts in excess of the previous year
  • Requires each activity to be justified on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis
  • Ranks activities to allocate resources
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