2009 Webinars

High-quality, monthly training delivered right to your desktop

2 p.m.

The series of 12 topics is ideal for in-service training, risk-management skills polishing and orienting staff, managers and board members to critical aspects of managing risk in nonprofit organizations.

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January 7 / 2 p.m.

Board Oversight of Financial Management

Few leaders would argue that boards of directors bear responsibility for providing fiscal oversight of the organizations they serve. Yet there are different approaches to financial oversight by boards. What are the best and most effective practices? What can your staff and volunteer leaders do to increase the financial literacy of your board? Attend this webinar to explore ways to balance and enhance the board’s role in providing effective governance oversight for the nonprofit’s financial management policies and activities.


February 4 / 2 p.m.

Risk Management, Culture and Mission: Engaging Stakeholders to Protect Your Nonprofit

Managing risk in the nonprofit world takes a “village” of stakeholders. Yet it is sometimes difficult to engage stakeholders in a discussion of risk issues, when their passion for the nonprofit is focused on its mission and programs. Attend this webinar to learn how to demonstrate and connect risk management to mission accomplishment, how to engage your stakeholders, and how to bring about culture change that will propel your risk management goals and agenda forward.

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March 4 / 2 p.m.

Audit Committees: What You Need to Know

In recent years a growing number of nonprofits have jumped on the audit committee bandwagon. Whether your nonprofit’s leaders are still debating the value of an audit committee, or you would like to make an existing audit committee more effective, attend this webinar to learn more about the formation and work of audit committees in the nonprofit sector. Find out what you need to do to focus the work of the audit committee and ensure that its contributions support the mission of the nonprofit.

The recording of this webinar is unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

April 1 / 2 p.m.

Managing Fraud Risk Through Awareness, Culture Change and Practical Policies

Advice on internal controls is available at the click of a mouse. In many cases, however, that advice is best suited for the very largest organizations with large finance and accounting departments. What about the rest of us? Attend this webinar to learn about the importance of awareness and culture change in managing fraud risk in your nonprofit. The program will include a valuable list of practical (translation: affordable, easy to implement!) suggestions for managing fraud risk.


May 27 / 2 p.m.

D&O Insurance: What You Need to Know

The number of nonprofits that purchase directors’ and officers’ liability coverage continues to climb. And the number of carriers that offer customized nonprofit products is unprecedented. Since D&O policies are “manuscripted” by carriers, there is no single standard form. This means that buyers must look carefully at the coverage offered and make decisions about what basic coverages are essential and what “add-ons” are desirable. Attend this webinar to learn about the current range of D&O coverage available to nonprofit organizations and trends in D&O policy language. Make certain you are purchasing appropriate coverage for your organization!


June 3 / 2 p.m.

Working with an Agent or Broker: Strategies for Managing and Improving Your Relationship with an Insurance Professional

Many insurance professionals offer nonprofit sector-specific services. “Specialist” agents and brokers – those that have dedicated their companies or divisions within their companies to serving the nonprofit sector – can be invaluable partners in your risk management program. Are you maximizing the benefit you receive from these key professional advisors? What level of involvement should you expect from your insurance professional? Attend this webinar to learn how to get the most out your relationship with an agent or broker and how to determine if it’s time to make a change in providers.


July 1 / 2 p.m.

Professional Liability Claims and Coverage

A growing number of nonprofit organization leaders have recognized that their exposure to claims alleging negligence in the delivery of professional services warrants the purchase of professional liability coverage. Attend this webinar to learn about the nuances of this important coverage—how it works, when it’s needed, and how to integrate the coverage into your insurance portfolio. During the program we will examine representative claims alleging “errors or omissions” in the delivery of professional services and showcase examples where the nonprofit’s acts or omissions were, or were not covered.


August 5 / 2 p.m.

You’ve Been Sued! Trends in Wrongful Termination Claims

Just when you think you’ve mastered the basics of treading carefully with regard to prospective and current employees, a new twist emerges that sends you back to square one. This webinar will examine trends in employment claims and review recent significant changes in federal laws and regulations impacting employers. Our goal is to help you get up to speed while increasing your confidence that you will be able to ward off potential claims through decisive, compassionate policies and decision-making.


September 2 / 2 p.m.

Exempt or Non-Exempt? Managing Misclassification Risks in the Nonprofit Workplace

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an estimated 70% of employers are not in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Attend this webinar to learn what steps you can take to evaluate your risks of non-compliance with the FLSA and to bring your classification practices into compliance. We’ll discuss how to determine classification categories in your nonprofit, self-audit approaches and corrective steps to protect your nonprofit from future liability.


October 7 / 2 p.m.

The Volunteer Protection Act

More than 10 years have lapsed since the passage of the Volunteer Protection Act, the federal law that was intended to remove the fear of liability from the hearts of nonprofit volunteers. This webinar will explore the landscape of volunteering since the passage of this law. During the webinar we’ll take a look at cases citing the Volunteer Protection Act and try to discern a pattern in the ways that courts have applied the law to insulate volunteers from liability. Explore the lessons from this legislation and learn how to leverage those lessons into effective volunteer management practices at your nonprofit.


November 4 / 2 p.m.

Managing the Risk of Volunteer Misconduct

Let’s face it, from time to time, even the most promising, mission-driven volunteers make judgment errors or fail to meet performance expectations. The positive contributions of volunteers are incalculable in many nonprofits, yet along with that benefit comes the need to attend to the risks arising from misconduct or poor performance. During this webinar we’ll explore practical strategies that increase the opportunity for your volunteers to succeed. We’ll also look at examples of volunteer misconduct and outline steps that will help you and your organization get back on track with minimal damage.


December 2 / 2 p.m.

Conducting a Youth Protection Risk Assessment

Got youth? Well, then you’ve got risk! Every nonprofit serving young people faces a wide range of risks associated with either serving youth or relying on youth to provide volunteer services to fulfill its mission. Attend this webinar to learn how to conduct a proactive, youth-protection risk assessment for your organization. You’ll learn what policies are fundamental and the questions to ask—and how to act on the revealing answers.



  • A new topic each month (see below for full list)
  • 60-minutes of content with continuous live chat
  • Real-time visuals and audio
  • Downloadable handout materials
  • Callers within the USA incur no long-distance telephone charges.
  • Same time, same place: Tune in the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern time


  • In-service education
  • Orientation
  • Refresher course
  • Issue update


  • 1 computer with Internet connection
  • Telephone (with speaker function if others will be joining you)
  • Chairs for participants


  • Invite as many staff to participate as can comfortably view a single computer screen
  • Sign up for one topic, several or the entire series
  • If you can’t participate in the live event, order the recording of the Webinar (for the same price) and listen when it’s more convenient for you

Thank you! It was a wonderful presentation. I am continually amazed at how much information you can get into one hour! Can't wait for next month!

Dana Campbell, Fiscal Officer, Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.



The presenter for our 2009 programs is Melanie Lockwood Herman, executive director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center and a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by various nonprofit organizations. Melanie advises nonprofits of all sizes on issues ranging from managing legal risks to effective employment practices and insurance buying strategies. She has authored and co-authored 20 books on various risk management topics during her career at the Center. Her most recent publication, “Financial Risk Management: A Guide for Nonprofit Executives” was released in Fall 2008. Our 2009 Webinar series provides an opportunity to interact with the Center’s executive director on a wide range of compelling risk management topics. In addition to hearing Melanie’s insights and recommendations on topical issues, you'll get a chance to ask Melanie your toughest questions during the Q/A session.

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