Leadership Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints: A Step-by-Step Guide to Minimizing Your Risk of Liability

With all the attention that sexual harassment is getting in the media, you may be looking to shore up your organization’s policies and procedures. Not sure where to start? This blog post provides a step-by-step overview of common steps in leadership responses to sexual harassment complaints. That being said, every situation is different, many are tricky, and you may want to check with your counsel.

Staying True to Your Mission: The Duty of Obedience

What is your nonprofit’s mission – and does your organization follow it?  Many nonprofit leaders have a strong sense of mission, while others may stray due to lack of understanding, pressing demands from others, or the pull of funding opportunities.  Each director and officer owes a fiduciary duty of obedience to the nonprofit’s mission as part of his or her governing leadership. This is the third and final fiduciary responsibility, concluding our series on the legal responsibilities of a nonprofit organization’s directors and officers: the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience.

Wearing the Right “Hat”: the Duty of Loyalty

When does a nonprofit director or officer owe loyalty to the organization, and just how much loyalty?  The general answer is that by serving a nonprofit, directors and officers put on their “hat” (or role) to serve the nonprofit with faithful allegiance, continually, steadfastly, and without interruption except in the event of occasional conflicts that may arise.  This article continues our series on the three fiduciary duties of directors and officers of a nonprofit corporation, focuses on the duty of loyalty.