The identification, assessment and prioritization of risk followed by an action to minimize, monitor or control the effects.
To utilize pre-set plans or procedures to control situations that may be potentially harmful to your organization, program, volunteers or clients.
Clear, Consistent Volunteer Management Policies & Procedures Are the first and most important steps in risk reduction.
Areas of Risk
What’s at Risk?
Risk Management Process
Principals of Risk Management
1. Risk Analysis--Identify
Review your organizations for risk potential.
Specify all risks that you can identify.
2. Risk Response--Evaluate
Classify the risks in one or more of the following categories
The risk must be prevented.
The risk can be prevented or controlled.
The risk is acceptable.
The risk requires insurance to limit exposure
Next. . .
Finally. . .
3. Control Risks—Risk Review
Create a plan for controlling risks.
Avoid the risk situation by not engaging in the activity.
Eliminate the risk by modifying the activity.
Minimize the risk by modifying the activity.
Transfer financial liability through contract or insurance.
Policies and Procedures
Screening to include: application, background checks, interview, reference checks
Risk evaluation of project sites and projects
Others as appropriate for position
What’s More Risky?
Event planning and assistance
Sorting/distributing food, clothing
What are ways that risk can be mitigated particularly for those high risk volunteer positions and tasks? DISCUSSION
There are inherent risks in running a volunteer program.
Volunteer positions do not all have the same level of risk and therefore will have differing risk management strategies associated with them.
3. Once the risk factors are identified in a volunteer position, preventive strategies should be incorporated into the position description, screening, orientation, training and supervision of that position.
Three Things to Remember
What do our volunteers do? (Or what new activities do we want them to do)
What could go wrong?
How probable is it that it will go wrong? How serious an issue would it be?
How can we diminish the probability or protect ourselves?
Can we still ask a volunteer to do this?
Key Questions To Consider. . .
Engaging Youthin Lifelong Service reported that adults who engaged in volunteering in their youth give more money and volunteer more time than adults who began their philanthropy later in life. (Independentsector.org)