Background checks crucial for nonprofits

For nonprofits, the volunteer workforce is often critical to the safe and successful running of events. But with volunteers come risks. While bad apples can be found everywhere, in any organization, the reputational repercussions for nonprofits from illegal or improper activities can be dire. That’s why insurers for nonprofits encourage the use of background checks on all volunteers. Peter Persuitti, managing director of the nonprofit practice at Arthur J. Gallagher, said nonprofits were held to incredibly high standards – and not conducting background checks could open them up to serious reputational harm. “One of the things that has been very clear in our understanding of risk is that, especially with employees and volunteers who are dealing with children, or dealing with vulnerable situations, or transporting people … that you really ought to do background checks,” he said. And while the market is mature enough to know that 94% of crimes are committed by people who have passed background checks, allowing someone through the cracks could spell particular disaster for a nonprofit, Persuitti said. FULL ARTICLE