The product proposed here is a Nonprofit Resiliency and Innovation toolbox that would include the key resources needed to help nonprofits develop resiliency and capacity for innovation. This product would be designed with input from foundations and key organizations serving nonprofits (the Independent Sector, Foundation Center, local centers for nonprofits, such as Georgia Center for Nonprofits, to name a few).
The alpha version of this toolbox (in a form of a website) would ideally be tested by major foundations with their grantees and would include the following tools: 1) Priming your organization for accepting change playbook (understanding major phases in the change process, revising employee/stakeholder psychological contracts, helping employees with transition) 2) Scenario planning playbook would help leaders, board members, and staff of nonprofit organizations to brainstorm through different future scenarios 3) Design thinking playbook. This part of the toolbox will include a brief “How To” videos for each step in the Design Thinking process along with links to tools that can be used during each phase of the process – Inspiration, Ideation, Implementation. It could be used along with a Scenario Planning playbook or by itself to create new or pivot existing products/services/processes, 4) Culture change playbook would detail the process of embedding Design Thinking into organizational culture and provide tools for starting the process, continuing the process, and maintaining the implemented changes. Each part of the toolbox would have videos and accompanying ready to use worksheets that nonprofit leaders/board members/staff could use immediately.
After testing this version and making needed modifications, the final solution would be built out and made available to foundations, organizations serving nonprofits, and nonprofits themselves.