1. Effective Strategies for Assessing, Managing and Reducing Risks Associated with Volunteers

Effective Strategies for Assessing, Managing and Reducing Risks Associated with Volunteers

Effective Strategies for Assessing, Managing and Reducing Risks Associated with Volunteers
Event ID: 40032
Session ID: 13994

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? Supervisors, CEOs, executive directors, volunteer managers, program managers, HR, board members, team leaders, trainers, quality control managers

Experienced volunteer managers understand that they are responsible for safeguarding their volunteers, their clients, and their organization. But, they also know that despite their very best efforts, surprises can happen. In today’s litigious environment, it is often not a question of “Can we be sued?” but “When will it happen to us?” The laws and statutes that help to protect nonprofits and volunteers from claims, lawsuits, and allegations vary greatly from state to state and are often very confusing. Busy volunteer managers tend to focus a majority of their time and attention on the traditional “3 Rs of Volunteerism” – Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition. But, there is a fourth R that cannot be ignored – that of Risk management.

Please join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as she explores ways to incorporate risk management strategies into your daily volunteer management activities to ensure a safer environment for everyone involved. Whether your nonprofit already has a risk management plan in place or you are just beginning the process, you will discover information that enhances your understanding of the underlying issues and learn steps to take to limit your exposure.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Identify the necessity for and benefits of risk management for volunteer activities
  • Find ways to assess risk to your volunteers, clients, organization and staff
  • Understand the underlying legal principals involved in risk management and how they apply to volunteer activities
  • Discover a range of risk management strategic responses
  • Learn how to be a Risk-Aware Nonprofit while still delivering quality services
  • Review steps to take to understand your organization’s risk threshold and apply this information to your plan
  • Understand benefits and limitations of the Volunteer Protection Act
  • Explore recommendations for limiting your legal exposure across a spectrum of volunteer situations
  • See sample policies
  • Review selected state liability laws for charitable organizations and volunteers
  • Understand special risks associated with staff who also volunteer
  • Discover potential actions that can adversely affect volunteers


Your conference leader for “Effective Strategies for Assessing, Managing and Reducing Risks Associated with Volunteers” is Lynn Ivey. Lynn Ivey is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the U.S. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has presented at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. She has also held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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