First Wednesdays in 2011 – A Webinar Series
Join the experts at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center for a series of practical, to the point programs on risk management in the nonprofit world. The series features twelve, 60-minute programs on topical risk issues. Each program is packed with information and offers time for interaction with the presenter around your toughest risk management challenges.
2 p.m. Eastern
The series of twelve topics is ideal for in-service training, risk-management skills polishing and orienting staff, managers and board members to critical aspects of understanding and managing risk in your nonprofit organization.
Register for all 12 webinars and save $249.
Whats New? ERM, Risk Intelligence and Your Nonprofit
The discipline of risk management continues to evolve and thought-leaders in our industry continue to look for ways to inspire risk awareness, risk assessment and appropriate action. Operational risk management, strategic risk management, enterprise risk management, and most recently, "risk intelligence" are terms that you've probably heard, but may not fully understand. The kick-off first Wednesday webinar for 2011 will explore recent trends in the world of risk management. Attend this program to get our take on how you can begin to adapt and apply enterprise risk management and create a "risk intelligent" nonprofit.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Borrowed Risk Management Policies
Why buy when you can borrow? This is the mantra of many nonprofit leaders who view the borrowed policy, procedure or framework as a "good enough" way to manage risk. This program will begin by exploring the downsides, or "sins" of excessive borrowing. Learn about an alternative to borrowing that won't bust your budget or create additional exposures for your nonprofit. Find out how to develop practical, custom policies and cultivate the support you need prior to implementation.
The pressure on nonprofit leaders to explain their motives and actions to stakeholders has never been greater. Sustainability increasingly depends on the ability to lead through communicating. The discipline of risk communication reminds us of the need to talk about risks and risk response, but simply understanding that imperative is a long way from successful execution. This webinar will offer practical tips to improve the communication of difficult concepts, news, feedback and more. Learn how to strengthen interpersonal and group communication and communicate under pressure.
Managing Partnership and Collaboration Risk: What You Need to Know
Partnering is second nature for many nonprofit leaders. Yet enthusiasm for partnering may create blind spots that obscure our view. Without a clear picture nonprofit leaders with good intentions may stumble. This webinar will explore practical steps for sizing up potential partners and increasing the odds of success, instead of missteps.
Business Continuity Planning for Nonprofits
Everyone knows that bad things sometimes happen to good people and great nonprofits. One possibility is an event that causes the interruption of normal operations. This webinar explores the process of creating a business continuity plan for your nonprofit. Learn what you need to do today (or as soon as possible!) to safeguard your mission-critical services and activities.
Insurance Coverage Q&A
Many nonprofit leaders report difficulty understanding the terms of the insurance coverage on which their nonprofit organizations depend. This webinar offers the chance to pose any coverage-related question and receive an answer in plain language. The program will begin with a survey of common questions about the process of obtaining coverage and an overview of the typical coverages purchased by nonprofits. We'll conclude with your questions.
Managing Employee, Volunteer and Board Discontent
In a perfect world every nonprofit employee, volunteer and board member would be "content" 100% of the time. Few if any nonprofits live in such a world. This webinar will explore the risks associated with stakeholder discontent and offer practical suggestions for managing discontent. Find out what to do now to minimize the likelihood of unhappiness and learn how to respond with finesse to employee, volunteer and Board discontent.
Accountability in Action: Enforcing Board Responsibilities
Accountability is a popular buzzword in the nonprofit sector and most nonprofit board members recognize that the board sets the tone for organizational accountability. From time to time, however, some members of the board may forget that they too must be accountable and live up to their leadership commitments. Attend this webinar to learn how to effectively, and practically enforce board member responsibilities.
Fiscal Oversight, Risk and the Nonprofit Board
One of the most important responsibilities of a nonprofit board is fiscal oversight. Yet many board members remain unclear about what exactly that means. This webinar will explore the board's role in providing fiscal oversight and risk oversight. Attend this program to learn more about these important responsibilities and how to inspire the board to strengthen its governance practices.
Volunteers, Risk and Reward: Whats New?
Most nonprofits depend on volunteers for mission advancement. Volunteers make our missions happen, but they also expose our organizations to risk. Attend this webinar to learn what's new and what's practical in the field of volunteer risk management.
Financial Risk Management for Nonprofits
The regulatory spotlight on fiscal oversight and finance-related risks has caused some leaders to sweat more than usual. This webinar will explore some of the recurring and evolving financial risk management challenges facing nonprofits across the sector. Learn what your organization can and should do to keep cool in a challenging environment. Topics that will be covered in this session include the dilemma of operating reserves, the board's role in fiscal oversight, unmasking conflicts of interest, and more. Expectations and interest in fiscal transparency and close scrutiny continue to grow: are you ready for your close-up?
Risk Management and Strategic Planning
Nonprofit leaders are long accustomed to strategic planning exercises that involve the examination of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The fine-tuning of an organization's "vision" and "mission" statements is often part of the process. This webinar will explore ways to integrate an appreciation for risk into your planning cycle. Learn how to update your planning framework by adding risk-related elements. This program will explain how to challenge assumptions, anticipate causes of failure, and evaluate the prospect of taking more (rather than less) risk.
- A new topic each month (see below for full list)
- 60-minutes of content with continuous live chat
- Real-time visuals and audio
- Downloadable handout materials
- Callers within the USA incur no long-distance telephone charges.
- Same time, same place: Tune in the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern time
USES = SEVERAL
- In-service education
- Refresher course
- Issue update
REQUIREMENTS = SOME
- 1 computer with Internet connection
- Telephone (with speaker function if others will be joining you)
- Chairs for participants
RESTRICTIONS = NONE
- Invite as many staff to participate as can comfortably view a single computer screen
- Sign up for one topic, several or the entire series
- If you can’t participate in the live event, order the recording of the Webinar (for the same price) and listen when it’s more convenient for you
Thank you! It was a wonderful presentation. I am continually amazed at how much information you can get into one hour! Can't wait for next month!
Dana Campbell, Fiscal Officer, Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
ABOUT THE FACULTY
The presenters for our 2011 programs include:
- Melanie Lockwood 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 governance risks to effective employment practices and insurance buying strategies. She has authored and co-authored 20 books on various risk management topics during her career at the Center. Her most recent publication, "Ready…or Not: A Risk Management Guide for Nonprofit Executives" was released in Fall 2009. The Center's 2011 Webinar series provides an opportunity to interact with the Center's CEO on a wide range of compelling risk management topics. In addition to hearing Melanie's insights and recommendations on topical issues, you'll get a chance to ask Melanie your toughest questions during the Q/A session at the end of each webinar.
- Chris Youngberg is Director of Account Education for the Non Profit Insurance Program (NPIP). As head of Account Education Chris designs, creates and oversees the delivery of NPIP’s training curriculum. Over 1,000 trainings are conducted each year on a wide variety of topics aimed at assisting organizations with reducing their exposure to risk. Chris has also developed and organized the Northwest’rsquo;s preeminent conference specifically intended to address issues impacting nonprofits. Chris earned her Master’s in Education from Central Washington University. She went on to teach music for 18 years and during that time received numerous honors and recognitions including recognition as Jazz Educator of the year.
- As a former civil trial lawyer, Carlye Christianson was a front row witness to risks that had morphed into full-blown legal disputes. No longer a litigator but still a lawyer, she now focuses on helping nonprofits employ sound business practices in their operations, management, strategic and program planning and implementation. Her approach to risk management has been focused on developing and implementing protocols that recognize yet limit risks and enable organizations to concentrate on their missions. Carlye serves as Senior Counsel and Director of Special Projects at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, where she brings working knowledge of the challenges facing nonprofits from the perspective of staff, volunteer, and board member. Originally from California, Carlye served as Director of Operations for the United Way of San Diego County, where she was responsible for internal operations. After moving to the Washington area in 2004, she was Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of the National Capital Area, where she was responsible for matters concerning the over 850 member agencies, including eligibility and the grant program, as well as development of community initiatives.