Managing Volunteer Risks at Nonprofit Institutions

The operation of a nonprofit institution is a complex business. Due to budget shortfalls and limited funding, as well as their humanitarian missions, many nonprofits rely on volunteer workers for a significant component of the work that they do. While volunteer assistance is essential, it also creates unique risks around liabilities. Given tight budgets and a need to avoid interruptions of operations, it is essential that nonprofit institutions adequately consultnonprofit volunteer risk management resources, in order to ensure safety with volunteers and fiscal health and sustainability for the institution.

What Risks Should Nonprofits Consider When it Comes to Volunteers?

In general, volunteer risks for nonprofits will vary depending on industry and nonprofit size. However, common risks occur around food preparation and distribution, transportation, clerical and computer assitance, and more.

Ultimately, the issue is usually one of liability coverage: is your nonprofit covered sufficiently in the event of an incident or accident involving a volunteer?

An experienced insurer can help design a policy that protects your nonprofit and your volunteers in the event of any relevant incident. An insurer can also help establish risk management protocols to minimize the risk of accidents, including additional trainings, better vetting for volunteer workers, vehicle safety programs, and other relevant procedures.