Over the last five years Patmos has worked with over 100 organizations in varying capacities to help them build their resilience and effectiveness.  The ORG evidenced based assessment tool has been used by multiple foundations to help them support and strengthen the impact of their grantees.

The ORG (formerly known as the Risk Navigation Tool) has proven valuable to nonprofits of many sizes and service orientations.  Here is a sampling of organizations that have benefited from using the ORG and becoming more resilient.

Our Featured “Resilient” Nonprofit Organization: Safe Haven Family Shelter

We are proud to feature Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville, Tennessee.  Emerging from a capital campaign and with board and staff aligned around a fresh business plan they will open a renovated center in June that will allow them to double their shelter, transitional and rapid re-housing services and expand their high quality case management for homeless families.  Because of their hard work in program and management best practices, we are proud to feature our client in our Resiliency Profile.

Past Resiliency Profiles: The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation

Using the ORG as starting point, we were pleased to work with Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation over a course of several months in 2011-2012.  Read our case study on their committed effort in building their organizational capacity and maximize their impact.

The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation:  Building organizational capacity to scale services and maximize impact


“For our participating nonprofits, their interaction with the Risk Navigation Tool created an opportunity for rich and informed board and leadership discussion and identified areas of expertise and areas where additional assistance may be indicated.”-Joanne Pulles – President – The HCA Foundation

“The MyGamePlan.org Assessment Tool is an excellent tool.  We’ve used it for two years.  It identified strengths and areas we needed to improve, and the information guided our Board and staff in our strategic planning sessions and in setting clear objectives for the coming years.  For example, the tool reinforced how critical establishing cash reserves are to our sustainability.” -Barbara Quinn, President & CEO of Park Center

“I found the tool exposed me to new concepts and ways of looking at my agency. It clearly helped my board president and I examine how we need to tackle the challenges of our organization in a different way. We came away from the workshop with a plan. We selected three areas to address and we are already underway with a plan.” -Vicki Beaver – Executive Director of Nurses for Newborns

Deana Claiborne – United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN:


STARS is a highly regarded school and community based program for youth with a budget of over $3,000,000. Its board of directors and key management are using the recommendations of the Organizational Resiliency Gameplan operationally and in their strategic planning process in order to increase liquidity, experience efficiencies and cost savings in back office collaborations with other organizations, implement infrastructure, and improve communication with stakeholders internally through an employee engagement strategy and externally through social media efforts.

Here is what Cynthia Whetstone, Director of Operations reported in a recent grantor/grantee gathering about how board and staff addressed the issue of cash flow in light of the Organizational Resiliency Gameplan’s findings:

“Although historically STARS has maintained a strong cash balance, at the point in time the survey was completed, STARS average cash on hand was unusually low.  Seeing how cash flow impacted the scores on the report, it reinforced the need to put additional safeguards in place to protect cash. After meeting with our board, it was decided that STARS needed to take a more aggressive approach in our contracts regarding payment terms and in collecting past due invoices. It was also decided that STARS would be more deliberate in the overall budgeting process to build in additional cash reserves. As a result of these changes, the average number of days of cash on hand has increased by 40%.”

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