Travel Safe: Managing the Legal Risks that Arise from International Operations

by Jefferson C. Glassie, Esq., FASAE, and partner Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP Nonprofit organizations are becoming increasingly active in global activities, which are very complex because of cultural, linguistic, operational, and risk issues. Adding to the complexity are legal issues. When does United States law apply, and when does the law of the local … Continued

6 Risk Trends that Matter to Your Mission

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Yesterday I read with interest Kate Barr’s new blog post titled 8 Trends in the Nonprofit Sector. Kate is the President & CEO of Propel Nonprofits, an organization that supports nonprofits in Minnesota and adjacent states. Propel’s finance factsheets, worksheets and other resources are top notch, and I recommend them. Kate’s … Continued

Rewarding Risks: The Prodigious Power of Volunteers

By Christy Grano It’s National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of volunteers and the indelible impact that volunteer service makes on communities across our country. In the promotional materials for National Volunteer Week, the Points of Light Foundation reminds us that: “Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a … Continued

Charity Gone Wrong: Unethical & Illegal Conduct

By Erin Gloeckner NRMC team members sometimes field calls from concerned nonprofit staff members, volunteers, board members, and even members of the public, who worry that a cherished nonprofit is involved in unethical or illegal conduct. Oftentimes, the inquiring individuals lack the authority to investigate or resolve the issues they report to us. Some report … Continued

Happy Knot: Managing Workplace Culture Risk

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week I’ve been reading The Economist’s potpourri of prognostications: “The World in 2018.” In his introduction to the publication, editor Daniel Franklin writes that, “It promises to be a nerve-jangling year.” Check! In my recent risk adventures, it seems like many nonprofit leaders are either waiting for the other shoe to … Continued

Risk Management Leaders Must be Unstoppably Optimistic

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell By Melanie Lockwood Herman In his article, “How to Lead in 2018,” Fast Company editor Robert Safian beckons his readers to embrace optimistic leadership by staring “unblinkingly at this time of chaos and dig into the difficult work of building a better tomorrow.” Across our work … Continued

Risk Management Maturity: Where Do You Stand?

  Hosting an Office Holiday Party? Listen to Episode #3 of The Risk Jockeys Podcast: Ho Ho Hold On There! Managing Office Party Risks ~8.5 minutes | Recorded 12.16.17   Looking back on the NRMC team’s work throughout 2017, one of the hottest topics for our consulting clients and Affiliate Members was risk management maturity. Nonprofit … Continued

Workplace Harassment: An Unacceptable Risk

Of late, news is teeming with tales of workplace sexual harassment in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere. While it’s important to recognize that both men and women are victims of workplace harassment, many American women are now stepping forward to report harassment they have experienced at work. I assume that the nonprofit sector does not … Continued