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The series of 12 topics is ideal for in-service training, risk-management skills polishing and orienting senior management and board members to individual aspects of managing risks in nonprofit organizations.
The Center is grateful to the Public Entity Risk Institute for providing a generous grant to support the Web Seminar series.
- Purchase 9 or more programs and realize a terrific savings of 40%.
Purchase all 12 programs (or 9 or more of them) for $399 — a savings of $309 off the cost of buying topics separately.
- Purchase two or more topics and save almost 25%.
Any combination from 2-8 Webinars costs $45 each.
- Purchase a single topic for less than a $1 per minute.
Single Webinar costs $59 for one hour of information.
Engaging the Board in Forecasting and Managing Risk
Ideally, you want managing risk to be second nature to your board and senior managers. Sign on for this 1-hour online program and then point the board towards an enlightened understanding of risk and risk taking. Learn how to keep the board fully apprised of your agency’s risks without causing undue concern or worry.
Purchase this Webinar to:
- Help your board members understand the importance of taking calculated risks.
- Inspire a culture where risk management is integral to program and service planning and design.
- Develop board agendas and background materials that engage your board in risk management.
Financial Risk Management
A Primer for Nonprofits
Learn about the top 10 financial risks facing nonprofits and how to focus your attention and resources on the areas most likely to materialize in your nonprofit. Learn what policies and procedures are necessary for sound financial management and how to create them.
Purchase this for your financial team to:
- Orient everyone towards a risk management approach to financial matters.
- Evaluate your current system against best practices for nonprofits.
- Stretch your capabilities to protect your assets without stretching your budget.
Business Continuity Planning for Your Nonprofit
When you’re up to your rear in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your mission was to drain the swamp. A business continuity strategy provides a Plan B for keeping the alligators at bay, while continuing to focus on the task at hand. BCP is a way to keep your doors open in the face of an interruption or emergency so that people know how to proceed when the norm is disrupted for any reason.
Purchase this for your nonprofits’ leadership to:
- Learn how to put a plan together while continuing your day-to-day services and programs.
- Get an overview of how to assess what’s already in place and organize it into a Plan B.
- Review sample outlines for a generic plan with subsections on specific disruptions.
Adapting Your Business Continuity Plan: Preparing for a Pandemic
This 60-minute session will build on the March Webinar to create a subsection of your plan to address Avian flu, the current pandemic facing the world. Understanding the term pandemic and how the Avian flu fits into the scenario will help alleviate panic and provide some guidance.
Purchase this for your staff to:
- Get grounding in what risks the Avian flu presents to your nonprofit.
- Look realistically at potential solutions to the situation.
- Identify steps you can take to protect your staff and service recipients.
Obtaining Buy-In and Support for Your Critical Risk Management Policies
Getting staff and volunteers to answer the question: What’s in it for me? can be a very effective impetus for following risk management policies. In-service training that elicits their ideas on how to make the workplace safer in general and in their areas specifically will engage people in the solutions and make them understand why they are being asked to follow certain policies.
Purchase this for supervisors, managers and directors of volunteers to:
- Learn techniques for engaging staff in your efforts to implement sound policies.
- Create a training schedule to orient new staff to and refresh memories of seasoned staff about the policies.
- Involve staff in evaluating, updating and adding new policies.
Guarding Against and Insuring Harm Suffered by and Caused by Volunteers
How does protecting a volunteer differ from protecting an employee? Are there laws that provide special protection for volunteers? Are volunteers immunized from liability under federal and state volunteer protection statutes? Is your nonprofit protected or exposed when a volunteer makes a mistake or causes harm to persons or property? What can every nonprofit do to protect itself?
Purchase this for all screeners and supervisors of volunteers to:
- Get the scoop on the risks that arise from volunteer service.
- Find out where to learn about the laws affecting the state(s) where your nonprofit provides services.
- Apply a checklist against the policies and procedures you have in place to determine what needs updating, and what must be added to protect your nonprofit.
Evaluating the Adequacy of Your Insurance Coverage
There are some standard policies that many nonprofits buy; then there are special coverages that relate to specific mission-related risks. How you know what is right for your nonprofit involves some list making and analysis. It also involves knowing how to read an insurance policy to determine what is and isn’t covered. And that isn’t as straightforward as it might seem.
Purchase this Webinar to:
- Learn how to compare your most likely risks to available insurance coverage.
- Get 10 tips on how to decipher the risks covered in an insurance policy.
- Determine when to call in outside experts for a risk assessment/insurance coverage assessment.
Managing Facility Risks
Whether you rent, lease or own the building and grounds where your nonprofit provides services and programs, you are responsible for certain levels of maintenance and safety. The best ways to manage facility risk is to involve the people on the front line and their supervisors in creating the policies and procedures that they need to follow.
Purchase this for your VP of operations, maintenance personnel and others to:
- Develop their third-eye for seeing current and potential risks.
- Give them samples of what facility risk management policies and procedures look like.
- Prepare them to review policies and procedures with improvement as the goal.
Managing Risks in Residential Treatment
Risks arising from residential treatment encompass facility risks, the specific population residing at the property and employees caring for the population. Policies and procedures, and effective hiring, training and supervision play a part in successful risk management.
Purchase this for people responsible for human resources, facility maintenance and safety, and supervisors to:
- Look at the big picture and learn how to support each other’s efforts in providing a safe environment.
- Identify the most likely risks and take steps to make them less likely to occur.
- Review policies and procedures common to residential treatment in preparation for assessing or writing your own.
Outdated or Poorly Written Governing Documents
What Are the Risks and What Can You Do?
Bylaws, board minutes, codes of conduct, and other governance policies need to be clearly written and reflect how your nonprofit operates or they are of little value in protecting the organization. Their purpose is to provide commonality of behavior, which gives direction to the leadership and protection by intent in the event of a dispute, insurance claim or lawsuit.
Purchase this for your CEO, board chair, and senior staff to:
- Give them a common platform from which to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of current governing documents.
- Provide a framework for addressing updates and other improvements to the documents.
- Divide the task into manageable steps and create a schedule for review and revision.
Mind the Paper and the Vapor
Document Destruction and Your Nonprofit
What to keep and what to toss. Can paper and electronic files come back to help or haunt your nonprofit? This 60-minute session will provide you with what you need to know to make the decisions and set a plan in motion to clean house.
Purchase this for people responsible for hiring/supervising/firing, financials and legal matters to:
- Know what to put in writing and what not to commit to writing (including electronic documents).
- Review federal and state document retention laws.
- Develop a schedule for document destruction.
Crisis Management and Crisis Communications for Your Nonprofit
A crisis is any event that disrupts delivery of your services or programs. No matter the source, it hits hard and fast, leaving no time to make plans. When you have a plan in place, your nonprofit will be in the ideal position to contact key suppliers, employees and board members, leap high hurdles in a single bound and keep on keeping on. The key is to identify key processes and have a backup plan for delivery and communicating to inside and outside audiences.
Purchase this for your decision-makers to:
- Lay the groundwork for constructing your crisis management/communication plan.
- Evaluate key concepts and adapt them to suit your needs.
- Learn how to test the plan once it’s in place.
About the Faculty
Melanie Herman is executive director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center and a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by various nonprofit organizations. Melanie advises nonprofits of all sizes on issues ranging from managing legal risks to employment practices to insurance buying. She has authored and co-authored 20 books during her career at the Center.