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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…

Risk Management Webinars: Affordable and Convenient

Check out our Webinar Vault featuring brand-new topics and content.

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. All Center webinars are recorded and archived so you can listen and watch on the Web when it’s convenient to do so. After signing up for a webinar 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.

Disaster Preparedness Resources


The Insurance Marketplace

May 5th

A growing number of nonprofit organizations purchase commercial insurance coverage as a form of risk financing. If you've ever wondered whether your nonprofit is getting a bang for the bucks you spend on insurance, you won't want to miss this program. Throughout the webinar we will explore the roles of the various players in the industry, including agents, brokers, carriers, re-insurers, pools and more. We will also discuss the most common types of coverage purchased by nonprofits. The webinar will end with practical tips for getting the most from your financial investment in commercial insurance.