The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of hyper-uncertainty for social sector organizations, as the economic crisis has weakened funders and nonprofits even as the demand for their assistance is skyrocketing. Many funders and non-profits have completed their initial round of emergency response to the crisis, but they are struggling to contemplate what they should do next.
To help social sector leaders confront this challenge, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte is using the tools of scenario planning—the well-tested methodology for thinking about the future pioneered by Deloitte’s Global Business Network group—to help both funders and operating nonprofits get on their front foot in preparing for the landscape on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. While it isn’t possible to predict the future, this session will provide funders and operating non-profits with an understanding of the tools that can help them think about the critical uncertainties of the moment, reckon with the new “certainties” emerging from the pandemic, and think about how their strategies might (or might not) fit the different possible futures that may emerge in the coming months and years ahead.
The Monitor Institute's report on scenario planning can be found here.
Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the program.
About the Presenters:
Jennifer Holk, Monitor Institute
Jennifer works at the intersection of strategy and social impact at the Monitor Institute by Deloitte. She spends her time trying to make sense of the future (scenario planning), crafting justice-centered strategies for social good, and designing ways to bring innovation to all. At heart, she is a storyteller, who loves helping people and organizations move from possible to actual.
Prior to joining the Monitor Institute, Jen worked in Deloitte’s Strategy and Analytics practice, focusing on market growth and the social determinants of health. Jennifer began her career at Teach for America as an eighth grade English teacher, where she taught in Dallas, Texas. During her time with TFA, she worked as the Director for Teacher Leadership Development, where she coached teachers on instructional best practice and leadership. She is proud to have led TFA’s expansion to rural Oklahoma, where she grew up.
She received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSBA from Oral Roberts University. She enjoys taking her golden retriever puppy on socially distanced walks in the park by her home.
Justin Marcoux, Monitor Institute
Justin is a Senior Manager with the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, a social impact consulting practice that sits within a globally-recognized professional services firm. He has spent a decade working with private, corporate, and community foundations to challenge old assumptions and creatively imagine new possibilities.
Justin also writes and speaks regularly about philanthropy and social innovation. He has co-authored a number of articles about how foundations can find and fund new ideas including “The Re-emerging Art of Funding Innovation,” “Case Studies in Funding Innovation,” “8 Common Innovation Traps,” and “How to Find Breakthrough Ideas.” Justin’s work also focuses on innovation in community philanthropy, highlighted by the two-year What’s Next for Community Philanthropy initiative which engaged over 2,000 community philanthropy practitioners across six continents to discuss the future of place-based philanthropy. His work has appeared in publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Alliance Magazine.
Prior to joining Monitor Institute, Justin worked at Cambridge Associates advising U.S. and European foundations, nonprofits, and universities on investing their endowments.
Justin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned the Public Management and Social Innovation Certificate. He received his BA from Boston College with Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude distinctions. He lives with his wife and two sons in Boston’s South End.