Guide to Sound Business Practices for Family-Run Organizations in Children’s Mental Health
This Guide aims to be a resource and planning tool to provide information, experience, and resources that support the capacity enhancement of family-run organizations in recognition of the importance of their role and growth. The guide is written for family organizations, including those that are participating in the development of a system of care for children and youth with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. The five sections of the guide represent the five most significant business challenges as identified by the TA Partnership while working with SAMHSA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI).
A Nonprofit’s Guide to Risk Management and Insurance
“Risk management” is a tool to help nonprofit organizations like yours deal with uncertainty. Through the risk management discipline, an organization reviews its susceptibility to unexpected losses, and then develops strategies either to prevent losses from happening, or to reduce damage and expense when they do. Risk management may not sound like the most exciting or inspiring part of a nonprofit organization’s work, but it is as crucial as any other task a nonprofit undertakes. Good risk management ensures that a nonprofit will have enough assets to carry out its mission. It also ensures that the nonprofit’s actions will not harm the client population it is trying to serve, the general public, or the organization’s employees and volunteers.
Volunteers are necessary and extremely helpful for a healthy community. People from all walks of life donate their time and effort to various causes, day and night, every day of the year. In a human services setting, agency clients and program participants usually can’t distinguish between volunteers and paid staff, unless name tags make those designations.
The more connected to a community people feel, the more likely they are to take responsibility for the community and feel pride and a sense of commitment. Mobilizing community resources and expanding capacity through volunteers also enhance an organization’s general profile, which can attract more volunteers, program participants, and funds.