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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 in 2015! We have added value to our Affiliate Membership program. Our Affiliates are invited to participate in monthly, live webinars. Join us each month to learn more about current risk topics:

  • When the Weather Outside is Frightful: Designing an Inclement Weather Policy — Recorded on January 20, 2016

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