When seeking to retrieve information on someone’s personal background, a nonprofit should first determine what type of screening is appropriate for each staff or volunteer position, then apply that criteria to the specific individual applying for or filling that position. Background checks may consist of examining criminal history, credit history, references from previous employers, motor […]
If you have volunteer drivers – or family members — who might have age-related impairments that affect their ability to drive safely, consider an evaluation by an occupational therapist who has a specialty in driving-skills assessment. Not only might such an evaluation help avoid a serious accident, it also offers objectivity that volunteer managers or […]
Are all your staff and volunteers willing to report a physical hazard or liability risk within the organization? Just because you may feel reporting an incident shouldn’t be a big deal, the fact is that it’s very common for employees and volunteers to be unwilling to make a report. For example, many don’t want to […]
Not “bad,” as in a poor performer. Bad, as in immoral or unethical. It can happen, and cost your organization dearly, if you don’t apply volunteer background screening the right way. A few examples of how bad volunteers can damage your organization and those you serve: Physical endangerment of other volunteers, employees or clients Embezzlement […]
Risk management in any organization involves holding volunteers, as well as employees, accountable for carrying out their responsibilities.
If your nonprofit organization was faced with unanticipated and significant expenditures or loss of revenues, do you have enough available and unrestricted reserves to keep going? It might not seem like a priority to have a “rainy day fund” if an organization struggles with day-to-day expenses; nevertheless, such a fund should be part of your […]
Cold weather brings its own driving hazards that nonprofits must prepare for. One is simply the effect of cold on the vehicle, as some vehicles become difficult to handle and the driving becomes much more dangerous. These conditions call for adequate car insurance for volunteers and careful consideration of how to safely get to your […]