Disclaimer Language for a Volunteer Application*

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*Please note that the disclaimer language featured below is not appropriate for all volunteer assignments. Low-risk volunteer positions should probably not be subject to the rigorous review and scrutiny contemplated in this disclaimer. Before using disclaimer language, give some thought to how it will be perceived by prospective volunteers and modify to meet the specific needs of your nonprofit.


Read Carefully Before Signing This Application

I hereby consent to permit [Name of Nonprofit] to contact anyone it deems appropriate to investigate or verify any information provided by me to discuss my suitability for a volunteer position, including my background, volunteer experience, education or related matters. I expressly give my consent to any discussions regarding the foregoing and I voluntarily and knowingly waive all rights to bring an action for defamation, invasion of privacy, or similar cause of action, against anyone providing such information.


I hereby authorize any organization affiliated with [Name of Nonprofit] to investigate my background as necessary for the consideration of my application for the position of ______________________. 

I further authorize all persons, schools, companies, organizations, credit bureaus and law enforcement agencies to supply all information concerning my background and to furnish reports thereon. I hereby release them and any organization affiliated with [Name of Nonprofit] from any and all liability and responsibility arising from their doing so.

I certify that the answers given by me to all questions on this application and any attachments are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, true and correct and that I have not knowingly withheld any pertinent facts or circumstances. I understand that any omission or misrepresentation of fact in this application may result in refusal of or separation from volunteer service upon discovery thereof.


Applicantís Signature ______________________ Date ________

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This document is from the Nonprofit Risk Management Centerís
Accident Preparation and Response Tutorial (www.nonprofitrisk.org), which was
made possible by financial support from the Public Entity Risk Institute.