Chances are you’ve seen the movie Twister at least once before. If so, you probably remember the opening scene, where the father rushes his family into their home’s storm cellar as a tornado approaches, with just enough time to save them, but not himself. Even though it’s just a movie, had this been real life, the entire family may have survived had they been more prepared and had a plan in place.
Did you know that many 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations have no paid employees? Volunteers provide a critical link between nonprofits and their communities by bringing needed skills, connections, insights and resources to the organization. In some cases, they also serve as valuable public advocates and ambassadors for the nonprofit. Some organizations only have a few volunteers, while others manage hundreds of volunteers – but the fact remains that volunteers are critical to the relationship between nonprofits and their communities.
While most of us will never experience an active shooter emergency, the number of incidents is on the rise. Given this fact, and the seriousness of these events when they happen, it’s important to be attentive to both education and prevention.
We know when it comes to your nonprofit’s work, the phrase “risk management” doesn’t necessarily make you feel like jumping up and down with excitement— but it’s as crucial as any other task your organization undertakes. Good risk management helps ensure your nonprofit will have enough assets to carry out its mission, and it also vastly increases the odds that your organization’s actions will not harm the population it serves, the general public, or your employees and volunteers.
The holiday season is upon us and with all of the stress generally associated with this time of year, you probably haven’t given much thought to frozen pipes, roof collapses, ice dams, or any of the other property maintenance issues that can lead to water damage. However, as illustrated in one of our recent blog posts, water property damage can be costly, and is often not covered by insurance. Given that there is an increased risk of water damage this time of year, it’s vital that your nonprofit plan and prepare for the upcoming winter season.