Charitable Resilience for Uncertain Times

R4C helps you as a charity to become more resilient: to better prepare for and manage current and future uncertainty, to ’thrive’ and not merely ’survive’ in pursuit of your charitable mission!

Overview

Resilience for Charities (R4C) is the trading name for the charity sector services offered by Global Security and Disaster Management Ltd (GSDM), an independent training and consultancy company offering resilience solutions in response to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. We have the overarching goal of ‘Preventing Disasters, Protecting Lives’. GSDM (R4C) is a highly ethical company, committed to the highest standards of excellence, innovation and integrity.

Many in the charity sector - whatever your mission, work and size – could benefit greatly from becoming more resilient as organisations. This could better prepare and equip you to navigate through currently unprecedented, as well as future, times of uncertainty and challenge. The reality, though, is that many charities are unfamiliar with the principles of resilience and their associated benefits.

R4C exists to introduce you as a charity to the concept of resilience and to help you on this journey, so that you do not merely ‘survive’, but rather ‘thrive’, in the face of whatever internal or external challenges you may face.

Vision

Recognising the invaluable contribution that charities make to society, we have established R4C as the not-for-profit arm of GSDM.

Our vision is two-fold:
(1) To assist charities, including churches, to become more  resilient; and
(2) To reinvest funds generated by R4C’s services into further charitable work.

R4C’s resilience services are guided by the following principles:

Affordable: to charge you modest fees appropriate for the charity sector, reflective of your available resources;
Accessible: for our services to be readily available to you whatever the size or location of your charity; and for our outputs to be easy for you to understand;
Applicable: for our services to be tailored to your individual needs as a charity to ensure that they are always helpful and appropriate;
Achievable: for our recommendations and proposed solutions to be easy for you to implement, whatever your size and available resources.

Our Professional Services

The primary service that we offer you as a charity is the undertaking of an organisational resilience audit.

In making an overall assessment about the resilience of your organisation, we consider your key strengths and potential areas of vulnerability. We focus especially on the identification of the most likely threats and risks facing your charity, as well as any gaps within your existing structures, processes and risk management systems, which may impact negatively upon your business operations and ability to deliver on your charitable mission. We then make recommendations and propose practical solutions as to how you might best address any identified areas of vulnerability. Where helpful, we can also assist you in progressing the audit's key recommendations.

We offer a number of other complementary services to help you become and remain more resilient.

What is a Resilience Approach and its Benefits?

A resilience approach is about:
(1) Identifying actual or potential threats and risks to your charity, including their most likely sources;
(2) Understanding how these threats and risks are most likely to manifest in practice; and
(3) With what implications for your core charitable mission and business;
(4) Taking steps to prevent or mitigate negative impacts, including by:
(5) Identifying and addressing any gaps or vulnerabilities within your existing structures, processes and risk management systems making you less resilient;
(6) Planning and preparing effectively, facilitating efficient business response and recovery to any incidents; thereby
(7) Mitigating potential loss and damage (e.g. economic and reputational) to your charity.

I cannot recommend Resilience for Charities highly enough. I have received extraordinary personalised service, bespoke to the needs of our Charity, which was delivered with utter professionalism. All recommendations were extremely insightful and transformational, making us more resilient and confident going forwards.

Jan Ransom,
Director, Flame International

www.flameinternational.org

R4C really helped us to navigate safely through deep waters of complexity during a period of difficult growing pains. With professional ease and pragmatism, they helped us to restructure the charity, achieve CIO status and put new systems in place, leaving us confident and resilient. We are forever grateful for their excellence and help.

Chris and Tracey Wickland
Senior Pastors
Living Word Church Network

www.livingwordchurchnetwork.uk