Contingency Planning

Our highly experienced consultants with work with key staff and the board to develop a Contingency Plan when an organization is concerned about a possible change in its future. A contingency plan can provide a road map in turbulent economic times, respond to a possible change in the funding or policy environment, or detail a plan of action if a major project like a capital campaign or merger does not go forward.

In addition, our consultants can work with the staff and board of directors to identify strategic opportunities such as alliances, shared services, public/private partnerships, or mergers.

Strategic Opportunities

  • Strategic alliances or collaboration with a synergistic organization
  • Sharing services, staff, IT, or facilities
  • Joint purchasing
  • Fiscal sponsorship
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Mergers or acquisition of programs

Key Services

  • Financial forecasting
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Due diligence for partnerships and mergers
  • Scenario planning

Sample Process

Each project is approached in the way that will work best for your organization. Here is an example of how ESC-US consultants might approach a contingency planning project.



  • Benefit of an outside perspective
  • Impartial party to facilitate negotiations
  • Support for leadership
  • Better management of risk

Potential Deliverables

  • Contingency plan
  • Analysis of partnerships
  • Financial forecasts & scenarios
  • Merger or acquisition plan