Center AFFILIATES   —   Virginia Main Street         Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation         Bethany Christian Services         Domenick & Associates         Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC         Armgroup of Oregon, Inc         Borden-Perlman Insurance Agency, Inc         Communities In Schools         Crutchfield & Graves Ins.         DeForest Group Inc         Eastern Insurance Group LLC         Eaton-Provident Group, LLC         Eichlitz, Dennis, Wray & West         Hub International Ins. Svcs.         Illinois Select Risk LLC         Gulf Coast Social Services         Keenan & Suggs Insurance, Inc.         Lebaum Company, Inc.         Marshall & Sterling Inc         Morris & Garritano Ins Svcs         Peliton Insurance         People’s United Insurance Agency Inc         Professional Insurance Associates Inc         Charity First Insurance Services, Inc.         Robbins & Assoc Ins Agncy Inc         Children’s Institute, Inc.         Summers, Thompson, Lowry Inc         ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources)         The CIMA Companies, Inc.         Wagner Agency Incorporated         Whitfield’s United Insurance         Catholic Charities Community Services         United Valley Insurance Services         Brown & Brown Ins Svc of CA         The Glienke Agency, LLC         George Petersen Insurance Agency Inc         Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies         Farallone Pacific Ins. Svcs         The Insurance Board         PAR         New Castle Insurance Limited         Non Profit Risk Services, Inc         Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life         Special Olympics Florida         Wells Fargo Ins Svcs USA Inc         Robbins Insurance Agency Inc         Arroyo Insurance Services         Lobo Development Corporation         Early, Cassidy & Schilling Inc         KR Insurance Solutions         Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc         Council Services Plus, Inc.         Gulf Coast Community Foundation         Renaissance Alliance Ins Svc         Associated Ins. Brokers Inc         Divinity Family Services         National MS Society         PSA Insurance & Financial Services         The Flea Theater         Guided Discoveries, Inc         Der Manouel Insurance Group         United Valley Insurance Services, Inc.         Hylant Group, Inc.         Community Action Partnership         Lighthouse Insurance Group, Inc.         Brownrigg Companies LTD         Hub International Ins. Svcs         De Palma Insurance Agency, Inc.         Ability Beyond         TechImpact         Charles L. Crane Agency         Geisen Insurance Brokers, Inc.         Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes         The Hays Group, Inc         Transitional Services, Inc.         Kibble & Prentice Holding Co.         Ahmann & Martin         Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.         Maine Commission for Community Service         United Community Ministries         Pennsylvania School Boards Association         Waltz Sheridan Crawford Incorporated         J.D. Fulwiler & Co. Insurance, Inc.         UUSC         Starkweather and Shepley Insu         Robert G. McGraw Insurance Agency, Inc.         Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.         Michigan Nonprofit Association         TD&T CPAs and Advisors, P.C.         Providence Academy         H.U Dove and Company Inc         Assured Partners of Colorado, LLC         Care Net         RSC Insurance Brokerage, Inc         Willhite & Associates, LLC         Ministry Pacific Financial         Career Opportunities Development, Inc.         DeMolay         N.C. Center for Nonprofits         Conover Insurance Services, LLC         HAI Group         Alliance Marketing & Ins Svcs         Cragin & Pike Insurance         TrueNorth Companies, L.C.         Alaska USA Insurance Brokers         SecureRisk         Cherry Creek Insurance Agency, Inc         Maine Association of Nonprofits         United States Breastfeeding Committee, Inc.         Brown & Brown Insurance of Georgia, Inc.         Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations         Redish Insurance Group, Inc.         ISU Insurance Services of San Francisco         Southwest Key Programs         Heffernan Insurance Brokers         James C Jenkins Insurance Service Inc         Bolton & Company         Public Health Management Corporation         Gallagher SKS         Charles W Merriam & Son Inc         Florida Nonprofit Alliance         Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy         Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.         Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. And our Group of Companies         Goodwill Industries International         USI Insurance Services, LLC - 570623 -         Hamby and Aloisio Inc.         Dempsey and Siders         Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.         Insurance One Agency, LC.         Ten Eyck Group         BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.         American Jewish World Service         Frisco Family Services         Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance         Gencorp Insurance Group, Inc.         Calender-Robinson Company Inc         Mesirow Insurance Services, Inc         Bollinger Inc         Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation         Lindsay Insurance Group, Inc.         Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company         The Salvation Army, National Corporation         LPGA Foundation, Inc.         The Ford Family Foundation         Parenting Resource Center Inc.         CapSpecialty         Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.         City of Toronto, Children         Chapman Insurance         Hobart Institute of Welding Technology         Shoff Darby Companies, Inc.         Barney & Barney         Bell-Anderson Insurance, Inc.         Land Trust Alliance         Adoption & Beyond, Inc         John L. Kirby & Associates, Inc.         Field Eddy, Inc.         US Olympic Committee         Center for Nonprofit Stewardship         Emery & Webb, Inc.         The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.         The Arc of the United States         National Wildlife Refuge Association         Catto & Catto LLP         Adler’s Insurance Agency         Palmer & Cay         The Nature Conservancy         Parker, Smith & Feek, Inc         Momentous Institute         Council on Accreditation         Arizona Science Center         Cobb B LLC         American Mensa Ltd         NEK Insurance, Inc.         National Indigenous Women         Don Withrow Consulting LLC         The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission         Alim Corporation         Plan International USA         Maury Donnelly & Parr Inc         Austin Community College Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations         Tracy Driscoll Company Inc         Russell Insurance Group, Inc.         National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics         Compass Rose Services Inc         Boardman-Hamilton Company         Baker Romero & Associates         YMCA of the USA         The Rapides Foundation         GIA Group, LLC         Thrive Alabama                        


Screen with Confidence and Safety

Have you ever experienced an ‘uh-oh’ moment when you realized you didn’t hire the right person for the job? Then maybe it’s time to revamp your staff screening process with the brand new Staff Screening Notebook. Written by John C. Patterson, an expert with over 25 years of experience in quality staff screening and client safety, the Notebook approaches staff screening with a comprehensive 10-step screening process that offers users the greatest chance of selecting the best possible candidates for paid and volunteer roles at a nonprofit.

Aside from an in-depth review of the 10-step screening process, the Notebook also addresses: the history and evolution of staff screening in the nonprofit sector; legal considerations pertaining to screening; screening considerations for volunteer roles; staff screening myths; and, common screening mistakes. More than five thousand nonprofit organizations have purchased prior editions of the Staff Screening Notebook for guidance on effective screening. Join the club and make your commitment to best-in-class screening today.

2014 / 102 pages / ISBN 978-1-893210-31-8 / Member price: $18 / Non-member price: $20.00 / Order the Staff Screening Notebook

Put Legal Fears to Rest

If you have ever been intimidated by an onerous contract, have woken up in a cold sweat after a nightmare involving lawyers, or you’re simply determined to better understand the legal risks facing the nonprofit you serve, the cure you’ve been craving is finally available. The brand-new edition of Exposed: A Legal Field Guide for Nonprofit Executives offers a tour of the maze-like world of legal liability custom-fit for nonprofit leaders. The principal authors of Exposed are two lawyers with decades of experience advising secular and religious nonprofits. With support from a savvy research and writing team, Melanie Herman and Mark Chopko present an updated version of their book written specifically for non-lawyer nonprofit executives, managers and board members. Exposed walks the reader through important legal terms and concepts, and offers practical strategies for managing risk in the increasingly complex world of nonprofit governance and service delivery.

In addition to updated content and fresh advice from start to finish, the second edition of Exposed features three brand new chapters covering information technology risks, nonprofit mergers and acquisitions, and risk considerations for nonprofits starting offices and operations overseas. This practical primer will help you overcome the feeling of being exposed to legal liability while providing a jolt of confidence and a do-able list of proactive risk strategies.

2014 / 234 pages / ISBN 978-1-893210-29-5 / Member price: $27 / Non-member price:  $30.00 / Order Exposed

Bulk orders of both new books are available. To request a quote for a bulk order, contact Kay Nakamura at 703.777.3504 or

The Nitty Gritty of a Risk Committee

By Melanie Lockwood Herman

“Let’s form a committee!” is the frequent battle cry of nonprofit leaders facing a complex problem for which there are no obvious, immediate or cheap solutions. When more than one brain is needed to ponder a perplexing problem, forming a committee seems to be a good first step. But are risk committees worth the time and nurturing they require? At the Nonprofit Risk Management Center we answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!” That’s not to say that we haven’t heard about some ineffective and nearly useless committees in our many years as an advisor to nonprofits. But the concept is sound and with a little finesse, every nonprofit can recruit and deploy a committee that will strengthen, support and help sustain a strong and effective risk management program. more…

Mission Statement


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…

Risk Management Webinars: Affordable and Convenient and for “Members” Only

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. If you are an Affiliate Member - sign up for a webinar and 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. If you are not an Affiliate Member, become one by purchasing an annual subscription here.

Disaster Preparedness Resources


New! Monthly, live webinars for Affiliate Members Join us each month to explore topical risk issues. Unavailable on the date of the live program? Affiliate Members enjoy exclusive, complimentary access to webinar recordings and handouts.

Affiliates can register for the next webinar by emailing or by calling 703-777-8504.