First Wednesdays in 2012 – A Webinar Series
Join the Nonprofit Risk Management Center for a series of practical, to-the-point programs on risk management in the nonprofit world. The 2012 series features twelve, 60-minute webinars on topical risk issues. Each “live” program is packed with practical information. Interact with our expert faculty to get answers to your questions and hear directly from our experts how to manage troubling risk issues. All of the 2012 webinars will be recorded. If you’re unable to attend the “live” event you can download and watch and listen to the recording at your convenience. Register for upcoming OR past programs.
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.
Risk and Decision-Making
We began the 2012 series with a fast-paced program exploring the intersection between risk-taking and decision-making. Find out how to overcome the biases and traps that lead to poor decisions, and learn how to tap your growing awareness of risk in your nonprofit's internal and external environments to enhance the decisions you make in 2012.
Managing Social Media Risk and Reward
Social media tools offer low cost, engaging and creative ways to engage a wide array of stakeholders. Yet like any tool deployed to advance your nonprofit's mission, there's plenty of downside risk along with potential reward. Register for this webinar to learn about the risks caused by intentional as well as unintentional conduct on the part of employees, volunteers, members and others. Learn what you can do to better appreciate and manage the risks that arise from social media use, including uses within and outside your span of control.
Nonprofit D&O: What's New and What You Need to Know
Nonprofit Directors' and Officers' liability coverage ("D&O") has evolved from the early days when only a slightly customized corporate form was offered to nonprofit buyers. Today nonprofit D&O is often the first coverage purchased by start-up nonprofits and regarded as a "must-have" coverage in many nonprofit insurance portfolios. Attend this webinar to learn about how the coverage has changed over time, how claims against nonprofits and nonprofit boards have evolved over the years, and what you need to look for when selecting a policy in today's highly competitive marketplace. We'll spend 20 minutes on each topic during this fast-paced, informative program.
Risk-Aware Contracting: What You Don't Know Could Cost You
Contracts are unavoidable. They are the mainstay of relationships with independent contractors, vendors, other service providers, landlords, to name a few. Yet negotiating sound contracts requires time, understanding and some practical experience with contracting potholes and pitfalls. This webinar will identify common contracting mistakes and offer practical steps to steer clear of the dangers that lurk in the contracts your nonprofit will execute in the year ahead.
Risk and Reward: Protecting Your Tax Exempt Status
This webinar will explore strategies for protecting your nonprofit's tax exempt status. Critical topics that will be covered include: the importance of key governance policies, making sure that your nonprofit generates the "right" kind of revenue, managing joint ventures and other revenue-generating programs to minimize exemption and UBIT risks, and steering clear of "deal breakers," including private inurement and political activities. Stop worrying about threats to your nonprofit's tax exempt status; register today!
Financial Due Diligence: It's More Than Checking Boxes
Due diligence and risk management are inextricably linked. Many leaders think of due diligence in the context of managing the risks of contractual arrangements, partnerships or new business ventures. Some may see due diligence as a "checking-the-box" process that boils down to confirming facts. This narrow view trivializes the process. Effective due diligence requires the willingness to look for indicators that may signal unusual or unexpected risks. Done properly, due diligence should offer information and insights beyond re-statements of fact. This session will focus on financial due diligence using actual financial statements.
Reporting Success: What's the Risk?
Savvy donors want to know more than how much of their dollars went to "programs" versus "overhead" or "fundraising" expense: they want to know what progress your nonprofit is making to advance its ambitious mission. Failing to track and demonstrate impact puts your mission and sustainability at risk. Success in today's nonprofit world is more than how many people you served, how many events you sponsored, or how many "friends" you have at a popular social media site. Attend this webinar to learn how to appreciate and manage stakeholder expectations and how to tell your "success story" in a manner that is transparent, accurate and compelling.
Protecting Vulnerable Populations
Attend this webinar to learn about best practice strategies for protecting members of vulnerable populations from harm caused by criminal acts, negligence and accidents. In addition to exploring "best practice" approaches learn about critical, evolving challenges facing leaders of nonprofits that serve vulnerable clients. If your nonprofit serves children, the elderly or persons with disabilities, you won't want to miss this fast-paced program.
Human Behavior and Risk Management
When a nonprofit adopts a risk management "framework," deputizes members of a risk management committee, and approves a set of slick policies that have been blessed by counsel, one would expect that the organization's risk management journey will be relatively smooth and uneventful. But not if there are human beings in the mix! This webinar will explore how somewhat predictable human behavior can impede the realization of risk management strategies and policies. Learn about the importance of ownership behavior in employees, how to inspire truth-telling, and what steps are key to jump starting true collaboration in your risk management program.
Managing Special Event Risks
Special events continue to be popular in the nonprofit sector. Whether your upcoming event is designed as a fundraiser, as a way to raise awareness for your mission or cause, or both, an assortment of risks will be featured along with the plentiful buffet and enthusiastic crowd. Attend this webinar to learn "what's new" in special events risk management. Find out what you can do today to better appreciate the risks associated with events, and what you can and must do if something goes wrong when you set the stage, unroll the red carpet or simply promise an "unforgettable" event.
Crisis Management and Crisis Communications
A crisis is any event that threatens your nonprofit's survival or ability to advance its mission. A crisis demands your immediate focus. This webinar will explore the critical steps and planning required before a crisis hits. Find out what you should be doing today to ensure that your nonprofit will be in the strongest possible position to survive a crisis that is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine.
Calibrating Your Nonprofit's Risk Appetite: Candid Conversations at the Board Table
Many nonprofit leaders report a sense of being either "risk takers" or "risk averse." Yet it is unusual for the entire leadership team to share the same level of comfort with highly uncertain outcomes. This webinar will explore the concept of "risk appetite" in a nonprofit organization. Topics to be discussed include: how to engage the board in a conversation about the nonprofit's appetite for uncertainty, and how to ensure that decision-making at all levels of the organization is in sync with the overall risk appetite defined by the board. Find out how to have a conversation about taking bold risks with a board that clings to the status quo, or how to raise risk issues gracefully in an environment where "anything goes!"
- 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 2012 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" 2nd Edition was released in Fall 2011. The Center's 2012 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 Croll is the Center’s Marketing & Communications Director, Chris is responsible for making risk management approachable and fun—a seemingly impossible task for which she is uniquely qualified! Chris has spent the past 20 years helping companies launch interactive programs and marketing campaigns. Chris started her career on Madison Avenue producing multimedia on floppy disks. It took nine separate disks to load "The Absolut Museum," the first program Chris worked on, which was an interactive virtual walk through of Absolut Vodka's artist print ads.
- Mike Gurtler is a risk management professional who enjoyed 25 years as a YMCA professional before forming Safe-Wise Consulting in 2007. Safe-Wise works with nonprofits all over the US helping to nurture sound safety and risk management practices. Mike subscribes to the Center’s broad but practical approach to risk management and tries to avoid being type-cast as an expert who tells people what they cannot do. Mike is a key team member in the Center’s youth-protection, aquatic safety and recreation consulting practice. According to Mike, “I think the challenge for insightful risk consulting is being able to say “Yes” in a responsible way that is acceptable to the organization and its mission.” Mike has produced a substantial body of topical resources on various risk management topics and is a capable and popular trainer and presenter.