Risk Management Reference Library

Members have access to a free library of online risk management reference materials, across a variety of topics, which includes booklets, sample forms, policies, checklists, templates, guidelines, and more.

Risk Management Booklets

Written specifically for the nonprofit reader, our risk management booklets explore liability issues that a majority of nonprofits face. They are intended for program manager-level staff and above.

Download a PDF version of each booklet by clicking the titles listed below.

Arrive Safe and Sound: Tips to Help with Your Nonprofit’s Vehicle Safety Program

Information to assist nonprofit managers to establish policies and procedures for the safe use of vehicles in a nonprofit organization.

Managing Collaboration Risks: Partnering with Confidence and Success

Information to help nonprofits more effectively manage collaboration risks with detailed material on nonprofit-nonprofit collaborations, nonprofit-business collaborations, mergers, and collaborating with insiders. This booklet also includes sample checklists for risk management strategies and insurance considerations, as well as a primer on writing a memorandum of understanding. 

Managing Volunteers: Balancing Risk and Reward

Better manage your volunteers. This booklet covers volunteer recruitment, screening, and selection — as well as training, supervising, and disciplining volunteers. It includes a brief explanation of volunteer liability and types of coverage available. 

Nonprofit Directors & Officers: Key Facts about Insurance & Legal Liability

This booklet summarizes the responsibilities of board members, reviews laws affecting nonprofit directors and officers, provides case studies of lawsuits against directors and officers, and lists key coverages to look for in insurance policies. It covers useful tips to help board members avoid the most common types of lawsuits.

Sexual Abuse Prevention for Children and Teens

Provides general information to help nonprofit managers better understand how to avoid sexual abuse in nonprofit organizations. This booklet is intended for nonprofits offering services to youth. 

Sound Advice for Functions & Events: Tips to Help your Nonprofit Stage Safer Special Events

This booklet contains tips on hosting accident-free fundraisers and special events. Learn about the appropriate use of additional insureds, insurance certificates, waivers, and holding harmless agreements. 

Surviving a Crisis: Practical Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations

Practical suggestions for anticipating and surviving a crisis as well as sample checklists and media fact sheets, which can be used for crisis management planning.

What Nonprofit Managers Need to Know About Lawsuits

This booklet is designed to inform nonprofit leaders, board members, and nonprofit staff about the litigation process so that nonprofits can work more effectively to manage lawsuits lodged against them. It includes a glossary of terms.

NIA Members Receive the Following:

  • Free resources to all NIA members

How to Access this Resource

From the Member Portal, you can access the reference library or order printed copies of the booklets.

In most cases, sample documents should be adapted to meet your specific needs — If you need assistance with any of the items contained in the Risk Management Reference Library, or are looking for assistance with development of a customized document for your organization, complete the form at the bottom of the page. Our Member Services team will route your request to the appropriate team.

For more information, contact NIA Member Services at 800-359-6422, ext. 1727, or memberservices@insurancefornonprofits.org.