Why Volunteers Need Background Checks
Volunteering is a wonderful thing that millions of Americans participate in each year. They generously donate their time and efforts to help give back to their communities. Many organizations would not exist even, without their selfless contributions. But in this day-and-age, with the prevalence of identity fraud, data breaches and the #metoo movement, organizations can never be too careful about the people they allow to provide their services.
You might be familiar with some scary stories about volunteers who gain access to a nonprofit’s resources, money or people for their own selfish criminal pursuits. More recently, we became aware of the horrifying stories of campers who have been subjected to abuse by the adults and leaders they trusted at their camps. For these reasons and more, it’s important for nonprofits to thoroughly screen their volunteer applicants to make sure their background record is clean from criminal activities. Performing background checks on volunteers, servers to protect the public safety, the nonprofit’s reputation and covers legal requirements and liability.
It’s important to remember that just because a person says they have good intentions, that’s not always the case and it could end up costing your nonprofit. Most of the American public expect to be screened, yet only 47% of nonprofit organizations are screening 100% of their volunteers. That’s why Background Checks for Volunteers makes it easy for nonprofits to utilize our volunteer screening service. We provide industry-leading screening services that help simplify the process for your organization and volunteers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your nonprofit.