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Do Non-Profits Need Enterprise Risk Management?

March 2, 2020

Did you know that there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations that operate in the United States? These organizations span the range of public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

More and more non-profits are finding risks to their operations. From data security to reputation maintenance, enterprise risk management can help nonprofits. Keep reading to find out what risk management is and why your nonprofit needs enterprise risk management. 

What Is Risk?

So what exactly is enterprise risk management? As a nonprofit professional this business issue may not be at the top of your mind. However, it should be.

Risk in terms of enterprise risk management is any threat to your organization's security. According to The Alliance for Nonprofit Management, enterprise risk management is a discipline for dealing with the possibility that some future events will cause harm. It provides strategies, techniques, and an approach to recognizing and confronting any threat faced by an organization in fulfilling its mission.

Risk management is crucial for all types of companies and organizations. Companies, like Alura, offer cloud-delivered network security and web filtering that protects any device, anywhere. Umbrella by Alura not only blocks malware, botnets, and phishing over any port, protocol or app but also detects and contains advanced attacks before they can cause damage.

Nonprofit Risk Management

Nonprofits are not immune to risk. Nonprofits still need to adopt processes to manage their potential risks. All businesses and organizations take risks in order to propel their missions forward, so rick management strategies are needed to prepare for any potential issues.

When adopting enterprise risk management, nonprofits should conduct a risk-rating analysis, where they identify and evaluate all risks to achieving the organization’s strategic objectives. This will help inform all stakeholders, especially the board and leadership, of the risks at stake. 

Nonprofits should create enterprise risk management goals and objectives. Then the board, management, and staff should be educated on the enterprise risk management goals and objectives. Ideally, the nonprofit organization will then begin with what makes the most sense within their organization.

An example of a starting point may be simply an assessment of risks. This process can progress to more sophisticated models of risk management as your organization evolves and more stakeholders get on board. 

Start Enterprise Risk Management

Are you ready to start your nonprofits enterprise risk management? With Alura Business Solutions it's easy to protect your nonprofit organization from any security threats. Alura's network administrators use the latest and greatest software to protect customers from both prevalent and emergent malware, ransomware and spyware.

Using our up-to-date databases combined with our state-of-the-art data centers and computers, we quickly analyze and respond to problems in your network. We will notify you of threats, whenever they occur and then provide the necessary solutions to overcome them.

Contact us today to get started with Alura's enterprise risk management services.

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