A recent study found an estimated 40% of non-profit organizations do not background screen volunteers. With an ever-growing list of responsibilities and involvement by volunteers, non-profit organizations are increasingly vulnerable to predators, thieves, and litigation.
• Lawsuits result in monetary damages.
• Media attention leads to a loss of faith in the organization.
• Volunteers are less likely to join organizations with adverse history.
While the greatest damage to an organization with volunteer misconduct is on a personal level, the costs incurred by lawsuits is crippling. Millions of dollars are charged to non-profits in settlements to victims of misconduct every year. These dollars make the difference between vital outreach programs and a bankrupted organization.