Nonprofit work is people-centered. For the most part, people deliver services to people. Whether you are working in human services, stewarding the environment, protecting rights, or celebrating the arts, your organization works with diverse people with different realities and needs. People are your organization’s most important asset. Keeping them safe and healthy is an important part of your job.

Focusing on employee welfare can protect an organization’s financial assets. Injuries and illness are expensive. Not following the law can be costly if fines are assessed. A strong culture of safety and health in an organization strengthens the ability to achieve its mission and avoid unnecessary expenses. The Safety and Health in Nonprofits: A wake up call video illustrates why safety and health is important in nonprofits and previews some actions your organization can take. We will go deeper into these actions later in the course.

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