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


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.