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

Employment Practices Risk Resources

Explore this RISK eNewsletter filled with tips and resources for managing employment practices risk. CEO and Staff Succession Planning Avoid transition trauma by reading our practical articles on succession planning: Avoid Transition Trauma with a CEO Succession Plan Staff Succession Planning Employment Policies, Safety, and Screening Read The Employment Issue of our newsletter, Risk Management … Continued

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

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


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward  We’re feeling overwhelmed with gratitude today. We are especially grateful to: the talented risk champions who attended this week’s Risk Summit in Philadelphia; thank you for giving your time, your attention and your enthusiasm to our … Continued


May 14, 2018

Auburn, AL

Community Action Association of Alabama

“Hiring Hot Sauce: How to Spice Up Your Hiring Practices & Hire the Best,” “Now or Never: How to Stop Putting Employee Onboarding on the Backburner,” “The Gold Stars of Employee Performance Management,” and “Graceful Goodbyes: How to Terminate Employees with Class & Compassion”

May 16, 2017

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Risk Management Pre-Conference with NPIP at the 2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference

“Effective Risk Communication,” “Risk Forecasting,” and “Managing Human Resource Risk: Taking the High Road”

October 13, 2015

Waterville, ME

Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

“Top 10 Risks Facing Volunteer Programs” and “The Frankenstein Effect: The Risky Transformation of Volunteers Into Employees”

October 29, 2015


Webinar for Catholic Charities Community Services

“The Frankenstein Effect: The Risky Transformation of Volunteers Into Employees”