Posted on February 22, 2012

Nonprofits cannot avoid liability all together. For example, there are risks that an employee or volunteer may cause harm to another. For nonprofits that work with children and other vulnerable populations, these risks are magnified. But a nonprofit can help avoid problems and limit their exposure through careful screening of employees and, in some cases, volunteers. For some positions, it may be sufficient to check work history and references. For others, it may be necessary to check criminal records, driving records and/or credit history. Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s website has resources for nonprofits wanting to learn about “best practices” for performing background screening, including the following: