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Do I Need D&O Insurance for My Nonprofit? (Hint: Yes)

22. March 2013 15:52

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Directors and Officers Insurance (often simply called D&O Insurance) is becoming an essential piece of the success puzzle for owners of startup nonprofits. Here’s a look at why D&O Insurance is so important to young nonprofits and how it can protect you.

What Is D&O Insurance?

D&O Insurance protects your business from claims made against actions taken by the directors, board members, and officers of your company on behalf of the company. A typical D&O policy protects against claims that a member of your board or one of your directors…

Why Do I Need D&O Insurance?

Whether you’re still in the planning stages of starting your nonprofit or you’ve been in business for several years, you’ll eventually need a board of directors to provide you with guidance and insight. It will be much easier for you to recruit individuals for this board when you have D&O Insurance in place.

Why? Because if your nonprofit is targeted by a lawsuit like the ones mentioned above and it doesn’t have adequate money to pay for its defense or any settlements or judgments it’s found liable for, your directors and officers will be in charge of financing the costs.

In other words, potential board members might be scared off by the prospect of losing their assets when your nonprofit is sued.

Demonstrating that you’ve got D&O coverage in place, on the other hand, can help you attract top talent for your board, which is a key part of allowing your nonprofit to grow and raise money.

When Do I Need D&O Insurance?

For most nonprofits, it’s time to buy Directors and Officers Insurance as soon as you can afford it. While this type of coverage is often among the more expensive types of business insurance available, it’s also one of the most important. Sometimes, it’s available bundled with Employment Practices Liability Insurance.

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