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August 1, 2012 — (Leesburg, VA) Nonprofit Risk Management Center Executive Director and risk management thought leader Melanie Lockwood Herman, Esq. has been recognized by The NonProfit Times as one of the 2012 “Power and Influence Top 50.” The organization Herman leads provides risk advice and resources to leading nonprofits nationwide. Under Herman’s leadership “The Center,” as it’s known, has been developing online tools, undertaking risk assessments, coaching Boards and executives, and delivering conferences, workshops and keynote addresses on a wide range of risk topics for over 20 years.
Herman, author of over a dozen books about risk management, legal exposures facing nonprofits, risk oversight and governance, human resource management and financial risk management, sees a rise in the level of attention being paid to risk management-related issues in both the nonprofit and business sectors. “Risk management capacity used to be a luxury budget item for only the largest organizations but thanks to our online tools and resources like, ‘My Risk Management Policies’ and ‘My Risk Management Plan,’ even smaller nonprofits can get access to the information they need to become more risk-aware. And the best news is that we’re seeing exponential growth in the number of nonprofit boards that have embraced their risk oversight responsibility.”
The Center helps organizations with issues ranging from social media risk management to youth protection, Enterprise Risk Management, human resource risk management, crisis planning and communications and others. The Center’s client list includes some of the nation’s most respected and influential U.S. based and international nonprofits in fields ranging from amateur sports, to human and social services, health, grant-making and the environment. The Center also works with the leading insurers serving the nonprofit market.
Herman is in good company in this year’s class of “Power and Influence Top 50.” She is joined by Bill Gates (Gates Foundation), Marian Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund), Neil Nicoll (YMCA of the USA), Judith Rodin (Rockefeller Foundation) and other luminaries in the nonprofit sector.