Center AFFILIATES   —   CapSpecialty         Gulf Coast Community Foundation         Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.         Kaiser Family Foundation         The Miller Group         The Salk Institute         Lindsay Insurance Group, Inc.         The Ford Family Foundation         Health Care For All         Frisco Family Services         n4a         Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Edtec Central, LLC         Independent Living Services         United States Breastfeeding Committee, Inc.         Pennsylvania School Boards Association         Communities In Schools         501c Agencies Trust         The Salvation Army, National Corporation         Great American Insurance Group         First Nonprofit Group         Michigan Nonprofit Association         Chubb Group of Insurance Companies         Council Services Plus, Inc.         Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life         Florida Nonprofit Alliance         Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance         Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.         Philadelphia Insurance Companies         Gulf Coast Social Services         ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources)         US Olympic Committee         Riverport Insurance Company         YWCA USA         Career Opportunities Development, Inc.         Kentucky Nonprofit Network         Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. And our Group of Companies         Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.         Bridge House Corporation         Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Berkley Public Entity Managers         Maine Association of Nonprofits         Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc. (ECHO)         The Nature Conservancy         TD&T CPAs and Advisors, P.C.         YMCA of the USA         Sunshine         HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy         GROW Associates, Inc         Beyond Z         Speech and Language Development Center         Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.         Austin Community College Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations         Harleysville Insurance         Catholic Charities Community Services         State Bank Financial         Cain Consulting Group Inc.         National MS Society         Loudoun Human Services Network         Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.         California Association of Nonprofits         United Community Ministries         Purchase Day Camp         The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.         International Planned Parenthood Federation - WHR         Maryland Nonprofits         J. Craig & Page T. Smith Scholarships Foundation, Inc.         The Flea Theater         Providence Academy         Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence         Hays Affinity         Land Trust Alliance         PowderHorn Consulting         United States Liability Insurance Group         Helping Hand Center         Housing Authority Insurance Group, Inc.         N.C. Center for Nonprofits         Community Action Partnership                        

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Our mission is to help nonprofit leaders become risk aware. We help leaders identify and appreciate critical risks and take action. We offer RISK HELP™, Web tools, in-person and virtual training, and custom consulting solutions. We provide reliable counsel on risk issues ranging from employment practices, to risk oversight and governance, enterprise risk management, fraud prevention, financial risk management, and youth protection. The Center has a 20-year history of advising best-in-class nonprofits and delivering practical resources to help nonprofits pursue their missions. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors.

How to be the World’s Smartest Risk Manager

By Melanie Lockwood Herman

I’ve just finished the National Geographic book, “How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler.” Who doesn’t want to be the world’s “smartest” anything?! As a big fan of the expression, “don’t believe everything you read,” I had no expectation of becoming the world’s smartest traveler when I cracked the cover of this book. But I figured that the chance of any truth in the subtitle—“and save time, money and hassle”—made this a wise purchase.

Before I test my new travel smarts at Dulles Airport, I want to take a few minutes to interpret some of the book’s great advice for readers who aspire to be the best possible risk champion in their organization. more…

Employee or Volunteer: What’s the Difference?

By Melanie Lockwood Herman

Nonprofit organizations frequently depend on the service and commitment of volunteers as well as the labor of employees. The skills and talents of both types of workers bring nonprofit missions to life. At first glance, the simple difference between these two types of workers is that employees get paid and volunteers don’t. Yet many nonprofit leaders have discovered that there is more to distinguishing between employees and volunteers than whether an individual receives a regular paycheck. This article explores two subtopics under the umbrella issue of employee versus volunteer status: whether employees may also volunteer, and the consequences of compensating volunteers.

When Employees Also Volunteer

May your nonprofit’s paid employees also serve as unpaid volunteers? Each year the Center receives numerous calls and email messages from leaders who tell us that their dedicated, paid staff are eager to volunteer in the evenings and on weekends. In some cases these willing staff volunteer to work “off the clock,” while in other instances they sign up or formally apply for volunteer roles, such as volunteer ticket takers, coaches or special event staff, or as volunteer mentors in the nonprofit’s mentoring program. But we also receive calls from employees who want to know whether they can be forced to “volunteer” and on occasion from employees who are indignant after having been told that they cannot volunteer their services in the agency where they are employed. more…

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Webinars offer high-quality, affordable and convenient training delivered to your desktop. Participate in “live” programs or listen to recorded programs at your convenience. You’ll receive expert instruction and helpful handout materials. All Center webinars are recorded and archived so you can listen and watch on the Web when it’s convenient to do so. After signing up for a webinar you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link where you can download the handout materials and view the archived recording as many times as you wish.

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Succession Planning: Managing the Risk of Executive Departures

August 4th

Recent studies suggest that a significant percentage of senior nonprofit leaders will be retiring in the next five years. Yet most nonprofits do not have a succession plan ready to ensure a smooth transition when experienced leaders depart. And despite the fact that the lack of a succession plan keeps countless volunteer board leaders awake at night, the typical nonprofit board spends less 2 hours every year talking about and taking action on the subject of succession planning. Attend this program to learn how to create a practical succession plan for your nonprofit.