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5 Mar 2024

Organisation Resilience Planning for Charities and Not-For-Profits – Online 05/03/2024

Target Audience

Managers and staff of charities and not-for-profits.


Organisation Resilience Planning is also commonly known as Business Continuity Planning, with IT Disaster Recovery (BCP and IT DRP). This training course is designed to engage non-technical management and staff of charities and non-profits, helping them understand the significance of resilience planning in safeguarding their organisations. The topics are presented in a practical and accessible manner so the attendees would have the ability to put in place the requisite plans to handle a crisis event, cyber security related or otherwise.

1) Introduction

a) What is Organisation Resilience Planning?
b) The elements of resilience planning:

i) Organisation Impact Assessment (OIA)
ii) Organisation Continuity Plan (OCP)
iii) IT Disaster Recovery Plan (ITDRP)

c) Why are these important for charities?
d) Common risks for charities
e) The benefits of having organisation continuity and IT disaster recovery plans

2) Planning for Resilience

a) Identifying your organisation's critical functions
b) Assessing the risks to these critical functions using an OIA
c) Developing organisation continuity and IT disaster recovery plans from the OIA
d) Best practices for testing your plans

3) Responding to Crises

a) Activating your organisation continuity and IT disaster recovery plans
b) Managing the crisis
c) Communicating with stakeholders during a crisis
d) Recovering from the crisis


Delivered virtually via Google Meet. It will be an interactive workshop, including a breakout room for participants to see how they would assess their own risks and then plan for that scenario. A copy of the slides will be provided as well as a link to download templates for Organisation Impact Assessment (OIA), Organisation Continuity Plan (OCP) and IT Disaster Recovery Plan (ITDRP).


Liam Lynch

Liam has 35 years of experience working in IT, with at least 25 in infrastructure, networking and security. He has worked with people at all levels and has the ability to explain scary technical topics and boring legal subjects in a language that most people can relate to and understand. Liam has also spent the last 10 years as a volunteer director on the board of a not-for-profit organisation in the energy saving/generation sector and for 5 of those years has been Chair of the board.


After completing this training, participants will be able to:
• Identify their organisation’s critical business processes and IT systems and assess the risks to those systems.
• Develop and test organisation continuity and IT disaster recovery plans.
• Activate their organisation continuity and IT disaster recovery plans in the event of a disruption and restore critical functions and IT systems.
• Communicate effectively with stakeholders during a disruption.


Carmichael’s Spring/Summer 2024 Scheduled Training Programme is kindly sponsored by BoardEffect.

BoardEffect is part of Diligent, the leader in modern governance. BoardEffect delivers an agile board management solution optimised for governance leaders of nonprofits, higher education institutions, community healthcare organisations, and credit unions with the right tools, analytics, and insights to drive more efficient, transparent, and secure governance.


€80Nonprofit Organisation
€70Carmichael Resident Organisation
€90Statutory Organisation
€90Corporate Organisation

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