• Posted by Dana-B-Forum-Moderator on January 31, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Understandably, many organizations are thinking about the current and anticipated economic realities and how these could influence nearly all revenue streams in many different ways. Can one business model be more “recession-proof” than another? Particularly in the face of lingering inflation and the fact that we are, or will likely soon be, in a recession, is there a business model, or a certain mix of revenue streams, that feels best suited in helping organizations manage economic uncertainty?

    nicole replied 8 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • michaelwyland

    January 31, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    I think the answer is situational, based on the organization’s mission, service model, geography, etc. The inflation/recession factors cited in the question are short-term or, at best/worst, medium-term in nature. Hence, the response to them should be more tactical than strategic; i.e., “How do we adapt to today and the next 12 months while keeping our eyes on the long-term sustainability of our organization and its mission?”

    Arguably, the only “wrong” move is to focus on only one business model and ignore the others. Each business model is subject to change by external factors, and each business model is changeable based on an organization’s internal factors.

    • Dana-B-Forum-Moderator

      January 31, 2023 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for the insights, Michael. Regarding the changeability of business models, there was a lot of interest and questions around this during today’s webinar. For example, for an organization that’s looking to reduce dependency on government contracts and is seeking to increase individual and foundation contributions, what are some “case studies” and examples of organizations who have done this and how?

      Would love to hear more from anyone who has experiences with pushing forward any big changes to your business model. What worked well? What challenges did you face (or continue to face)? What have you learned?