No two non-profits are the same, and that’s why you need an insurance policy that’s right for you. A good insurance company will take the time to find out exactly what you do and talk through the options. You’ll also find many insurers not only offer fair premium prices for non-profits, but will avoid the dramatic year-on-year premium rises that can wreck your budget.
How can non-profit insurance protect you?
Use the yellow hot spots and explore how non-profit insurance can help protect against common risks.
Directors and Officers Insurance
What happens if a board member invests the non-profit's assets unwisely and loses everything? A creditor might sue the non-profit as well as its directors and officers. Non-profit organizations are not immune to lawsuits. It’s possible someone may disagree with the way you run the organization and file suit. Often times, non-profits don't have deep pockets to fight these types of lawsuits, therefore putting the organization at risk.
Directors and officers liability insurance protects your directors, officers, trustees, employees, volunteers and the entity from any act or alleged act, error, omission, misstatement, misleading statement or breach of duty.
General Liability Insurance
Water on the floor, slippery entry in the winter, broken glass/hazardous debris, etc. These can all be accidents waiting to happen that make your non-profit susceptible. Claims may arise due to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and more.
General liability insurance is an absolute necessity for any business. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action regardless of its merit.
If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper coverage in place.
Workers' compensation and employers liability insurance protects your employees should a job-related injury or sickness occur during the course of employment. Since benefits vary by state law, make sure your insurance agent is aware of all physical locations your business operates in and all physical locations where you hire your employees.
Commercial Property Insurance
When a fire, theft or another type of disaster strikes, your commercial property and everything within it can suffer a significant loss. This can have a detrimental effect on your organization.
Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns and leases, including things like equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures. Whether you own your building or lease your workspace, commercial property insurance can be purchased separately or can be combined with other necessary coverage to protect your business’ physical assets.
Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
On average, it's estimated that three out of five businesses will be sued by their employees. Claims can stem from just about anything, such as someone taking a joke the wrong way and being offended. While there is nothing you can do to prevent someone from filing a lawsuit, there is something you can do to limit the costs of defending a legal claim.
The right coverage is critical to your risk management process as it protects against discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other employment-related allegations.
Business Income Insurance
What would you do if an email virus impacted the operation of your database and prevented you from serving clients for a day or more? Or what if a hacker or cyber criminal caused a system outage or extended downtime – leaving your business inoperable? These and other events can destroy your ability to serve clients and bring in revenue, which can have a major long-term impact on the viability of your business.
Business income insurance compensates you for lost income if your company cannot operate as normal due to disaster-related damage that is covered under your commercial property insurance policy, such as a data breach or cyber attack. Business income insurance covers the revenue you would have earned, based on your financial records, had the disaster not occurred. The policy also covers operating expenses, like electricity, that continue even though business activities have come to a temporary halt.
Lawsuits can happen to anyone – and the damages can be hefty whether you win or lose. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ll need to defend yourself. So regardless of whether a contract requires it, without professional liability coverage, you could be putting your business’ future at risk.
Similar to directors and officers liability insurance, professional liability coverage protects against liabilities resulting from mismanagement of the organization, as well as workplace-related claims such as discrimination or sexual harassment. It covers not only directors and officers but also staff, volunteers and the nonprofit organization itself.
Some factors to consider in building a policy are whether or not you deal with members of the public at risk of injury, such as elderly or disabled people. You’ll also need to think about any transport you use, particularly if it’s to carry people who aren’t staff. You might even face claims if people are hurt or face costs because of shortcomings in the help or advice you provide.
It’s also particularly important to check how a non-profit insurance policy distinguishes between the organization itself and the personal liabilities of any directors. Meanwhile, if you employ staff, you’ll also need to look at potential risks such as claims of harassment or discrimination.
To make sure you get the right insurance policy for your non-profit, contact us today.