Do you operate a nonprofit or charity that makes use of volunteers? If so, you should know that volunteers are not typically covered under the insurance policies which protect your salaried employees. Without an insurance plan for your volunteers, your organization may be responsible for the costs associated with any illnesses or injuries that occur while they are volunteering. You will also be responsible for covering any public liability claims they incur. Below are the three types of policies you need.
Volunteer Injury or Illness
Coverages for volunteers should pay for the medical expenses associated with illnesses or injuries sustained during an authorized volunteer activity. Moreover, if your organization’s workers’ compensation insurance does not extend to volunteers, it would be wise to make sure that your volunteer policy offers this protection.
In addition to protecting your volunteers, your organization needs a public liability policy to cover any injury or property damage claims caused by your volunteers.
Directors and Officers
Finally, if the board of directors of your non-profit or charity consists of volunteers, they need the specific coverage offered by a D&O policy. This will protect them from any claims of wrongful acts or mismanagement.
Your volunteers work hard for you. They can save your organization money, lighten the workload of your paid staff, and act as a valuable conduit to the community which your charity or non-profit serves. You owe it to them to make sure that they and your organization are protected by policies designed specifically for the risks they face.