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


Covered: An Insurance Handbook For Nonprofits

Dedicated nonprofit leaders work hard to advance and protect the missions they serve. Part of every leader's responsibility is understanding the risks that threaten success and the role of insurance in a risk management program. If you've put off purchasing coverage, or worse–reading the policies you've already purchased—this Handbook is a must-read. In Covered you'll take a behind the scenes journey into the insurance industry and learn what you need to know to make wise risk financing choices for your nonprofit.

Order Covered today, if:

  • you have questions about what types of insurance your nonprofit should buy
  • you want practical tips for spending insurance dollars wisely
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Join the authors of Covered for a guided tour into unfamiliar territory. We're certain you'll find peace of mind and valuable new knowledge you can put to use in short order.

June 2016 / 181 pages / ISBN 978-1-893210-32-5 / Member price: $30 / Order Covered: An Insurance Handbook For Nonprofits

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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…

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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. 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.