How to Report on Risk to Your Board

Have you been asked by the Board to provide a risk report or briefing? It’s natural to be a little nervous about that. But an open dialogue about risk can build trust, shape strategy, and help your nonprofit better execute on its mission. Here are some steps to help you have a great discussion about … Continued

We Don’t Know: The Life-Changing Power of Being Uncertain

“The big trick is to be relaxed about uncertainty and, if possible, to even enjoy it… It’s difficult to have an epiphany if all you want revealed is what you already know.” – John Hunt, The Art of The Idea By Melanie Lockwood Herman Warm Spring weather foreshadows bright green shoots in my garden and … Continued

What Your Board Needs to Know About Cyber Threats

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Risk is top-of-mind for many nonprofit boards these days. Board members understandably want to grasp the top risks facing an organization and have confidence that the management team is prepared to weather the downside risks it cannot avoid. And based on our work with nonprofits across a wide spectrum of missions, … Continued


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GCAA Training & Technical Assistance Institute

“Risk Oversight & Risk Reporting to the Board”

September 17, 2019

Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, MD

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Institute

“Designing Actionable, Memorable Risk Reports”

June 4, 2018

Des Moines, IA

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

“Sensible Stewardship: Understanding and Managing the Top Risks Facing Nonprofits,” “Demystifying the Risk Oversight Role of Nonprofit Boards,” and “Risk Reflections: Funders’ Forum”