Risk

Nonprofit staff as volunteers: A risky proposition?

Written By: Susan Fish
March 5, 2014

Do your staff contribute unpaid work to your organization as volunteers? If so, you might be putting your organization at risk.

Speaking Up: Increasing transparency in hiring in the nonprofit sector

Written By: Jodie Shupac
January 29, 2014

Could a lack of transparency in your hiring process damage your organization's reputation?

Imagining the future: An update on Imagine Canada's Standards Program

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
February 28, 2013

This interview with Imagine Canada President and CEO Marcel Lauzière explores the success of the recently launched Standards Program.

Volunteer screening: More than just a police records check

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
January 21, 2013

A criminal record check is only one step in the volunteer screening process.

Nine tips for avoiding and responding to fraud at your nonprofit or charity

Written By: Susan Fish
November 29, 2012

Recent allegations of fraud at the Salvation Army have left the nonprofit sector reeling. Could your organization be next?

Beyond the premiums: Understanding nonprofit insurance

Written By: Derek Grieve
October 31, 2011

All nonprofits have administrative tasks that need to be taken care of, and one that is absolutely a necessity is insurance. There are four major factors that influence your insurance premium. Here they are in no particular order.

Taking the right risks at Nova Scotia's Educational Program Innovations Charity (EPIC)

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
May 17, 2011

Interview with Barry Waldman, Executive Director of EPIC, an organization in Nova Scotia with a mission of advancing marginalized learners through innovation, empathy, volunteerism, diversity and partnership, after the organization was named as a Donner Award recipient.

Charity fraud: Are you protected?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 29, 2011

March: the month that normally segues winter into spring. But did you know it's also Fraud Awareness Month? The issue was brought into sharp focus this month with scammers using the March 11 earthquake in Japan to commit charity donation fraud. The RCMP even published an alert on its website to guide the public in ensuring organizations were legitimate and that donations were used for their intended purpose.

Charity watchdogs: An intelligent development?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 8, 2011

Are charity watchdogs a good idea or are they misrepresenting the sector?

Governance Q&A: When the ED is stealing

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 4, 2010

I have direct evidence that my executive director is misappropriating funds from the charity where I work. What can I do about her behaviour without risking my job?

Developing a crisis management plan for your nonprofit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
November 16, 2009

Many not-for-profit organizations have faced crises. High-performing organizations are ready to respond, using their "Crisis Management Plan" (CMP).

Proper financial controls can protect your nonprofit

Written By: Bob McMahon
October 26, 2009

This article provides a comprehensive "how to" guide to implementing financial controls at a nonprofit.

Building a new not-for-profit organization: How to approach risk management

Written By: Paulette Vinette
May 19, 2009

This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on key steps in building a solid not-for-profit organization. This article focuses on risk management practices for new not-for-profit organizations.

Volunteers and risk management for Canadian nonprofits and charities

Written By: Mark Blumberg
September 8, 2008

This article offers thirty-five suggestions for reducing risk when using volunteers in your organization.

Governance Q&A: Fraud in nonprofits

Written By: Jane Garthson
July 7, 2008

What safeguards should be in place to ensure a nonprofit's assets are secure against fraud?

Canadian nonprofit and charity legal audits: Forget about it!

Written By: Mark Blumberg
March 17, 2008

Discussing the value of an informal legal audit for nonprofits and charities and how lawyers can be effectively and efficiently used to provide real tangible value to Canadian charities and nonprofits.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Conducting a legal audit

Written By: Paulette Vinette
June 11, 2007

As part of their risk management strategy, many high performance not-for-profit organizations have outside legal council conduct a legal audit every three to four years. A legal audit is a review of key legal documents.

All Abroad! The ins and outs of operating internationally

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 11, 2007

Many people and organizations that learned to “do good” in Canada now want to help causes overseas. Though the impetus is pure and the intentions are good, there is some information one must know before trying to raise funds for charitable causes beyond the Great White North.

Governance Q&A: Transparency versus secrecy

Written By: Jane Garthson
August 28, 2006

The appropriate degree of transparency for an organization requires consideration of accountability, privacy, confidentiality and trust.

Risk management: Exercising your due diligence

Written By: Paulette Vinette
October 24, 2005

In this final article about risk management, we offer suggestions on preventing regulatory risks and offer you a crisis management plan template.