We get a lot of questions from our clients about risks related to running the nonprofit, liability for the board and dealing with employeees and volunteers. For nonprofits that are working with children, have international activities, dealing with animals or doing anything that has a higher risk of accidents, you need to be thinking about creating a risk management plan. This isn’t to scare you, but to prepare you! They say about disaster preparedness that if you start preparing when the disaster starts, it’s already too late. Make sure that you and your board and staff have thought this piece through. Here are some excellent resources to help you in this journey. We’re also here to help for feel free to give us a call at 800-928-4161. We look forward to hearing from you.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center – a great place to start is this article on the difference between employees and volunteers and their book on risk mamangement for nonprofit executives.
E-volunteerism – this resource is especially useful for organizations that work with volunteers though some of the reports listed here would be helpful to just about any nonprofit.
Some of the information may be a little out of date so if you’re having a specific issue or have a specific question, check with us. We stay on top of changes in laws and IRS code so that you don’t have to.