Lifesaver or liability? Limiting risk associated with volunteers
Abstract: For many nonprofits on tight budgets, operating without the assistance of volunteers is out of the question. Unfortunately, nonprofits that direct and benefit from the actions of their unpaid workforce can be held accountable if volunteers are harmed or harm others on the job. This article explores how nonprofits can potentially reduce liability. They’re advised to treat volunteers as potential employees during the recruiting process and provide appropriate supervision, training and policies.