Center AFFILIATES   —   Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence         Gulf Coast Community Foundation         United States Liability Insurance Group         The Salk Institute         Helping Hand Center         Lindsay Insurance Group, Inc.         Frisco Family Services         Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.         The Miller Group         The Ford Family Foundation         Kaiser Family Foundation         United States Breastfeeding Committee, Inc.         Health Care For All         Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Communities In Schools         Housing Authority Insurance Group, Inc.         Edtec Central, LLC         Independent Living Services         Cato & Cato LLP         Pennsylvania School Boards Association         Michigan Nonprofit Association         N.C. Center for Nonprofits         The Salvation Army, National Corporation         Land Trust Alliance         501c Agencies Trust         Harleysville Insurance         Great American Insurance Group         Council Services Plus, Inc.         First Nonprofit Group         Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life         Florida Nonprofit Alliance         Gulf Coast Social Services         Chubb Group of Insurance Companies         Career Opportunities Development, Inc.         Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance         Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.         US Olympic Committee         Philadelphia Insurance Companies         PowderHorn Consulting         PSA Insurance & Financial Services         Kentucky Nonprofit Network         Catholic Charities Community Services         Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.         YWCA USA         Riverport Insurance Company         Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Bridge House Corporation         Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc. (ECHO)         Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. And our Group of Companies         Berkley Public Entity Managers         TD&T CPAs and Advisors, P.C.         n4a         HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy         Sunshine         Speech and Language Development Center         Community Action Partnership         Austin Community College Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations         Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.         GROW Associates, Inc         The Nature Conservancy         National MS Society         United Community Ministries         Beyond Z         State Bank Financial         Loudoun Human Services Network         CapSpecialty         ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources)         Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.         Cain Consulting Group Inc.         Maryland Nonprofits         California Association of Nonprofits         The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.         International Planned Parenthood Federation - WHR         J. Craig & Page T. Smith Scholarships Foundation, Inc.         The Flea Theater         Purchase Day Camp         Providence Academy         Hays Affinity         Center for Nonprofit Stewardship         YMCA of the USA         ability beyond         Ipso Facto Theatricals         Maine Association of Nonprofits                        

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Our mission is to help nonprofit leaders become risk aware. We help leaders identify and appreciate critical risks and take action. We offer RISK HELP™, Web tools, in-person and virtual training, and custom consulting solutions. We provide reliable counsel on risk issues ranging from employment practices, to risk oversight and governance, enterprise risk management, fraud prevention, financial risk management, and youth protection. The Center has a 20-year history of advising best-in-class nonprofits and delivering practical resources to help nonprofits pursue their missions. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors.

How to be the World’s Smartest Risk Manager

By Melanie Lockwood Herman

I’ve just finished the National Geographic book, “How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler.” Who doesn’t want to be the world’s “smartest” anything?! As a big fan of the expression, “don’t believe everything you read,” I had no expectation of becoming the world’s smartest traveler when I cracked the cover of this book. But I figured that the chance of any truth in the subtitle—“and save time, money and hassle”—made this a wise purchase.

Before I test my new travel smarts at Dulles Airport, I want to take a few minutes to interpret some of the book’s great advice for readers who aspire to be the best possible risk champion in their organization. more…

Employee or Volunteer: What’s the Difference?

By Melanie Lockwood Herman

Nonprofit organizations frequently depend on the service and commitment of volunteers as well as the labor of employees. The skills and talents of both types of workers bring nonprofit missions to life. At first glance, the simple difference between these two types of workers is that employees get paid and volunteers don’t. Yet many nonprofit leaders have discovered that there is more to distinguishing between employees and volunteers than whether an individual receives a regular paycheck. This article explores two subtopics under the umbrella issue of employee versus volunteer status: whether employees may also volunteer, and the consequences of compensating volunteers.

When Employees Also Volunteer

May your nonprofit’s paid employees also serve as unpaid volunteers? Each year the Center receives numerous calls and email messages from leaders who tell us that their dedicated, paid staff are eager to volunteer in the evenings and on weekends. In some cases these willing staff volunteer to work “off the clock,” while in other instances they sign up or formally apply for volunteer roles, such as volunteer ticket takers, coaches or special event staff, or as volunteer mentors in the nonprofit’s mentoring program. But we also receive calls from employees who want to know whether they can be forced to “volunteer” and on occasion from employees who are indignant after having been told that they cannot volunteer their services in the agency where they are employed. more…

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Webinars offer high-quality, affordable and convenient training delivered to your desktop. Participate in “live” programs or listen to recorded programs at your convenience. You’ll receive expert instruction and helpful handout materials. All Center webinars are recorded and archived so you can listen and watch on the Web when it’s convenient to do so. After signing up for a webinar you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link where you can download the handout materials and view the archived recording as many times as you wish.

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Contracting Risk: Frameworks for Success

October 6th

Every nonprofit enters into contracts. From the simplest contract with a volunteer, to a complex agreement with a technology vendor, every contract is a potential risk management tool. But a poorly written contract can expose a nonprofit to greater risk than not having a contract in the first place. This webinar explores the key elements of sound contracting. By the end of this program you will know what you need to do to improve your nonprofit's contracting process or create a new framework for contracting if a process isn't already in place.