Last week I blogged about the recent court ruling regarding interns and earlier in the year I blogged about the value of volunteers. The use of interns and volunteers by nonprofit organizations comes with legal risks, and it’s worthwhile to remember the 4 basic rules when working with volunteers:

Rule 1: Do not pay volunteers in cash or in kind (expenses may be reimbursed, but only in accordance with a written expense reimbursement plan) Rule 2: Have volunteers sign a volunteer agreement (which should contain a provision reflecting no payment as well as waivers of liability) Rule 3: Obtain insurance and have appropriate volunteer accident and volunteer liability policies Rule 4: Screen, train and supervise volunteers so that you know who they are and what they are doing

Finally, consult with an attorney and insurance provider where appropriate.

Donella Wilson
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Donella Wilson

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Donella Wilson, CPA, leads the Firm’s Nonprofit Practice. Donella is a member of the California Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  She has more than 20 years of public accounting experience providing audit, accounting and special project services and works…Learn More