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June 27, 2012
Tough Lessons for Organizations Serving Vulnerable Clientele
Last week’s verdict in the criminal case against Jerry Sandusky offers a sobering reminder about the risk of sexual misconduct or abuse facing every nonprofit that provides services to vulnerable clientele, including children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. While it remains true that vulnerable service recipients are statistically safer while participating in programs sponsored by nonprofits than they are in their own homes, the compassionate leaders of today’s nonprofits must be aware of the potential for harm and avoid the naïve thinking that puts our clients at undue risk.
My takeaway reminders from the recent verdict include:
To learn more about how to develop effective youth protection and other risk management strategies, attend the Center’s annual conference, the 2012 Risk Management and Finance SUMMIT for Nonprofits. Early bird registration is available at: www.nonprofitrisk.org/summit/program_2012.asp.
If you are looking for an authoritative guide to risk management for your youth serving nonprofit, check out The Season of Hope: A Risk Management Guide for Youth-Serving Nonprofits, which offers practical guidance.
Melanie Lockwood Herman is Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. She welcomes your ideas about any risk management topic, feedback on this article and questions about the Center’s resources at Melanie@nonprofitrisk.org or (202) 785-3891. The Center provides risk management tools and resources at www.nonprofitrisk.org and offers consulting assistance to organizations unwilling to leave their missions to chance.
2012 SUMMIT Details…Now Available
The First Wednesdays program is a 12-part series of 60-minute live and recorded webinars covering a wide range of risk-inspired topics. The 2012 series continues on July 11, 2012 with a program on Reporting Success: What’s the Risk?. Learn more or register.
The recording of the April 2012 webinar, Risk-Aware Contracting: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You, is now available for leaders who missed the live program. To purchase the recording of this contact-packed, practical education program, click here, scroll down and choose Add to Cart after the description of the program.
Policy Drafting Help is a Click Away: My Risk Management Policies
If you’re looking for help developing custom risk management policies for your nonprofit, look no further. The Center is pleased to offer My Risk Management Policies, an affordable, easy-to-use online tool that helps you create custom policies in a matter of minutes. Policy templates are organized into 22 categories. Creating a new social media policy, youth protection policy or code of conduct is a snap using My Risk Management Policies, and requires far less time that it takes to find a mildly suitable sample using an Internet search engine.
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