Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risk and Reward

A nonprofit faces a variety of risks when it decides to use volunteers. While none of these risks
should be ignored, few, if any of these risks represent insurmountable obstacles for the typical
organization. While there is no silver bullet that eliminates all volunteer risk, you can protect your
nonprofit and its board members by obtaining the appropriate insurance coverage and following
best risk management practices. Balancing risk and reward in the area of volunteer management
will enhance the effectiveness of your organization and make it the type of nonprofit that attracts
and retains volunteers for key assignments.