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Your Foundation in Crisis: Will You Be Ready?

Date: 3/27/2013
Time: 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Philanthropy New York, 4th Floor, 79 Fifth Avenue, NYC.

While funders tend to think of our organizations as highly ethical, organizationally conservative and unlikely to face public controversy, foundation crises do frequently arise.  How often do we read news about situations like these?

    • A foundation CEO has a falling out with the board and the vague “resignation” announcement leaves grantees wondering and the media asking inopportune questions.
    • A foundation committed to being a nonpartisan information provider is caught in the political cross-hairs when its work is claimed by one side of a charged issue.
    • A foundation employee inadvertently states highly personal, inappropriate views through the foundation’s social media, and those views are reported as those of the foundation.

It happens. Foundations find themselves in crisis, and it could happen to you. The question is: Will you be ready?

As crisis management expert Davia Temin will show us, a defensive reaction is the wrong place for a foundation to start.

This is an area in which foundations absolutely should act more like businesses – by developing potential scenarios and developing a reality-based crisis simulation to prepare their organization.  In this highly-interactive, hands-on program, Temin will help Philanthropy New York members begin to do just that. 


  • How to think about the unthinkable in foundation crisis communications.
  • The philosophical underpinnings of a crisis plan that positively defines your organization in the public mind.
  • The beginning steps for developing a substantive plan for your organization when it faces its own crisis.

A Philanthropy New York Member Service.


This program is "Partially Open."



Davia Temin, CEO, Temin and Company


Designed for

All interested funders.
2:45 - 3:00 PM     Check-in & Coffee
3:00 - 5:00 PM    Program


Registration is required by March 25th.  Space is limited to 30 individuals and members are given priority.  Once we have reached capacity for this program a wait list will be established.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click on the link above (visible through March 25th).
Non-members: Please email A staff member will contact you regarding payment for a $150 fee.
Please email with any questions.

More information about this program

Temin is founder and CEO of Temin and Company, which advises global companies, their boards, CEOs and leadership teams on reputation and crisis management, marketing and media strategy, leadership communications, and thought leadership. She is also First Vice Chair of the Board of Girl Scouts of the USA, Chair of the Board of Video Volunteers, and serves on the advisory boards of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia Journalism School and ProPublica, and on Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board.

In 2010, Temin developed a "Crisis Game," which CEOs of dozens of companies have used. Based on the interactive seminars on media and society created by Fred Friendly – with whom Temin worked – the experience entails walking through a five-act "case." The game is designed to stress test each CEO in a crisis, and to allow him or her to see how others react in the same situation. Participants from the group are assigned roles and play their parts as Ms. Temin reveals the growing crisis, act by act. The audience, too, will be brought into the role-play, until all are involved, and their assumptions of how they would act under a particular set of crisis circumstances are tested. Temin is developing a case specifically for foundation professionals.


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