VT readers ask questions about volunteer management
and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant
and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
Send questions to AskConnieP@cs.com
Is there a waiver form that volunteers may sign in case of injury
that indicates they are responsible through their personal insurance?
Thank you for your assistance.
The short answer to your question is that release forms come in many
sizes and shapes, depending on the situation and your needs. I
suggest that you check with your administrative staff to determine
if volunteers are covered under your organization's umbrella liability
policy and if the organization requires paid employees to sign a release
of liability. If so, then consider adapting that release for
Above all, please check with your legal counsel before proceeding much
further down the "release" path. You'll find excellent
information about volunteers and risk management at the Nonprofit
Risk Management Center Just click on "Volunteer
Risk Management" (top left) and you'll learn about:
Why Risk Management in Relation to Volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to most nonprofit programs and may create
exposure for your organization.
Volunteers may have access to confidential client information
Volunteers may come to consider themselves employees, not volunteers
Volunteers may have access to the organization’s
financial assets (and/or records) as part of their volunteer
Volunteers’ actions may harm the organization’s
What Can You Do to be Prepared?
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources,
has 25 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted
and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral,
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association
for Volunteer Administration.
Send your questions to Connie
Strategic Nonprofit Resources
314 E. Marie Dr. * Stillwater, OK 74075 * VOICE: 405.372.8142 or 202-306-1492