Why Risk Management in Relation to Volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to most nonprofit programs and may create exposure for your organization.
- Volunteers may have access to confidential client information, or clients themselves
- Volunteers may come to consider themselves employees, not volunteers
- Volunteers may have access to the organization’s financial assets as part of their volunteer assignment
- Volunteers’ actions may harm the organization’s reputation
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Engage the Center:
- To undertake a Risk Assessment of your volunteer program
- To review and update your Volunteer Handbook
- To design and deliver practical training for your volunteers
Purchase popular Center books and web applications:
- No Surprises: Harmonizing Risk and Reward in Volunteer Management—5th Edition
- My Risk Management Plan
- My Risk Management Policies
Read Risk Management Essentials – The Volunteer Issue
Read Center Articles online:
- Employee or Volunteer: What’s the Difference?
- Tempting but Confusing & Dangerous: Paying Volunteers ‘A Little Something’
- The Frankenstein Effect: The Risky Transformation from Volunteer to Employee
- Valiant Volunteerism: Top Risks Facing Volunteer Programs
- Termination Trepidation: Disciplining & Terminating Volunteers
- How to Honor & Respect Your Volunteers
- Risk on the Road: Managing Volunteer Driver Exposures
- Insurance for Volunteer Programs
- Keeping Volunteers Safe from Harm
- How Lifestyle Figures in an Appropriate Mentor Match