Resources

Valiant Volunteerism: Managing Volunteer Risk & Reward

December 12, 2017 Enjoy this RISK eNewsletter filled with volunteer risk management resources! The Frankenstein Effect: Misclassifying Your Volunteers The NRMC team fields lots of questions about worker classification. If you misclassify a worker, you increase the likelihood of various downside risks, including financial penalties and poor morale. Read about The Frankenstein Effect to prevent … Continued

Lend a Helping Hand: Top 10 Risks Facing Volunteer Programs

Volunteer programs are vital to the nonprofit sector. Boost the contribution that your volunteers can make in moving your mission forward. Watch this webinar to learn the top ten risks facing volunteer programs, and practical tips to protect your nonprofit when recruiting, managing, and recognizing your volunteers.

Valiant Volunteerism

By Erin Gloeckner Community service is a way of life for some folks, and those folks help nonprofit missions move forward each day. My own experiences volunteering at a health clinic, a community event planning board, and an animal shelter were in some ways more rewarding than any employment role I could have. Yet volunteers … Continued

Employee, Independent Contractor or Volunteer: Status Matters

Most nonprofit organizations retain personnel who serve as full and part-time employees, independent contractors and volunteers. Yet many nonprofit leaders struggle with determining which staff belong in each grouping, and some wonder: does it really matter? Attend this webinar to learn why classification matters, and how to avoid common mistakes and costly penalties related to … Continued

Exempt or Non-Exempt: How to Answer the Question

Nonprofit employers are not alone in the struggle to properly classify workers. Although new regulations issued in 2004 were intended to clarify federal wage and hour laws, confusion remains about the distinction between exempt and non-exempt personnel. This Web Seminar will offer a step by step approach to making the proper classification decision for each … Continued

How to Honor and Respect Your Volunteers

April 13, 2016 By Melanie Lockwood Herman Nonprofits across the country are showcasing their creative talents to celebrate the contributions of volunteers during the month of April, “National Volunteer Month.” Here at the NRMC we receive quite a few calls from volunteers. Unfortunately, since we’re all about ‘risk,’ many of these callers contact us to … Continued

Spotlight on People: Managing Volunteer and Employee Risks

By the Nonprofit Risk Management Center  When Does Compensating Volunteers Turn Them Into Employees? Last year the questions flowing from the Center’s newsletter article on this issue were surprising. We didn’t realize that so many organizations find ways to “pay” their volunteers in small, and sometimes, big ways! New guidance from the U.S. Department of … Continued

The Nonprofit Sector’s Dirty Secret

September 2, 2015 By Melanie Lockwood Herman Friday, September 4th is the deadline to submit written comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding changes to the regulations defining which white-collar workers are protected by the minimum wage and overtime standards in the Fair Labor Standards Act. As of this writing, more than 145,000 … Continued

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 … Continued