Non-profits face a wide range of risks that can lead to legal action against board directors and officers.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Insureon, the leading online agent for small-business insurance, today announced the availability of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance designed to meet the needs of non-profit organizations.
The US has over 1.5 million non-profit organizations (Source: National Center for Charitable Statistics), each of which relies on a board of directors for executive-level insight and operational guidance. The members of these boards funnel energy, time, and expertise into the organizations they serve, but they are also the ones most likely to be named in a lawsuit against those organizations. This is because plaintiffs tend to view directors as more lucrative targets than non-profits themselves.
“Non-profits contribute so much to our communities by supporting the arts, education, healthcare, the environment, and any number of other critical needs,” said Ted Devine, CEO of insureon. “However good their intentions, though, non-profits face a wide range of risks that can lead to legal action against board directors and officers. As the founder of 1World Sports, a sports leadership non-profit that helps 1,000 at-risk kids per year, I know first-hand how important this insurance can be in attracting and keeping a great board and executive team.”
To protect non-profit directors and officers from costly lawsuits, non-profit organizations – regardless of size – should carry Non-profit Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (also called D&O Insurance). D&O Liability Insurance offers protection against a variety of claims that a non-profit organization’s board may face, including:
- Claims that employees were improperly treated. This includes allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and similar charges.
- Claims that the non-profit or its directors and officers neglected to perform their duties. Legal claims can allege failure to perform duties if and when the omission caused financial damage or other harm to one or more parties.
- Claims that the directors and officers handled the organization’s assets improperly. This could include a variety of behaviors, from improperly investing funds to spending money on goods or services that do not align with the non-profit’s mission.
- Claims of physical harm from non-profit events. This would cover liability caused by participants who may be physically harmed or fall ill at a non-profit event.
Finding Appropriate D&O Insurance for Your Non-profit
Non-profit organizations come in every shape and size, and so do the D&O Insurance policies available to protect them. Because of the great variation in coverage available, however, non-profit organizations should be sure to consult with an insurance agent about exactly what their D&O policies cover.
In most cases, non-profits should consider a number of variables when choosing a D&O Insurance policy, including policy limit, the desired reporting period, and what specific events are covered by the policy. Insureon has non-profit specialists who can guide customers through the process of selecting a Directors and Officers Insurance policy that suits their organization’s needs.
With insureon as their online insurance agent, non-profits gain access to some of the nation’s most respected, A-rated business insurance carriers as well as licensed insurance agents who are specialists in the unique insurance needs of non-profits. For more information on insureon’s non-profit offerings, please visit http://www.insureon.com/nonprofit.
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