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”

Staten Island JCC

Executive Team Risk Workshop



July 26, 2018

Washington, DC

Humentum 2018 Annual Conference

“Anticipating and Delivering the Risk Information Your Board Wants and Needs”

April 11, 2018


Volunteers of America – Webinar for VOA CFOs

“Risk Management Maturity Models”

April 26, 2018

Dallas, TX

Care Providers’ 2018 Advisory Council

“Cash Flow, Claims and Consequences: Implementing Risk Plans to Control Losses”

June 19, 2018

Staten Island, NY

JCC of Staten Island

Staff Briefing

April 14, 2018

Chula Vista, CA

USA Archery

“Inspired Governance: Board Orientation”


Noreen Bridgham, Nonprofit Connect

It was our good fortune to have Melanie Herman in Kansas City recently for a workshop on risk management and crisis communications. Melanie brings a high degree of expertise and professionalism to this subject matter and I was impressed by her strong communication skills and enthusiasm for the topic. And as a bonus, she is … Continued

Kinkini Banerjee, United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)

We were so glad to have Melanie present a session on ‘Top 10 Risks Facing Non-Profits.’ The engaging and thought-provoking presentation gave our audience valuable information about crisis management, managing unhappy stakeholders, resolving conflicts on the board, preventing careless contracting, and more, while providing scenarios and practical strategies to prevent and address these risks. Ms. … Continued

Pamela Mattel, Chief Operating Officer, Basics Promesa Systems Inc.

Melanie Herman has provided expert, insightful, timely and well resourced information to our Executive Team and Board of Directors. Our corporation recently experienced massive growth through merger and the Board has been working to better integrate their expanded set of roles and responsibilities. Melanie presented at our Annual Board of Director’s Retreat and captured the … Continued

Richard Petty, Independent Living Research Utilization

My organization hired the Center to design and deliver a series of four webinars on sound employment practices for Executive Directors and other managers at centers for independent living. The webinars were excellent. Melanie Herman’s presentations were informative and thorough. She worked closely with our training team to address unique needs of our large national … Continued

Matt Smith, Executive Director, Out Youth

Melanie, of all our trainers, you were a standout. I never expected risk management or HR classes to be engaging and fun. You put it all together, from the common sense fundamentals to the evidence-based best practices, so that it made perfect sense. I think that’s why I’ve retained it all so well.


Do you offer pro bono speaking engagements?

As part of our educational mission, we offer a very limited slate of pro bono presentations each year. Please fill out the inquiry form above and note that you are requesting a pro bono presentation. If we cannot accommodate you, we will add you to the waitlist for next year.

What kind of topics do you present on?

Here’s a sample of our favorite workshop topics: Get Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse: Crisis Management & Crisis Communications for Nonprofits Risk Rundown: Top 10 Risks Facing Nonprofits Taking the High Road: How to Manage Human Resource Risks The Frankenstein Effect: Preventing the Misclassification Transformation between Employees & Volunteers Finance Superheroes: Fiscal Oversight Superpowers for … Continued