Event Details


Nonprofit Insurance Crisis

Thursday, June 03, 01:00 PM - Thursday, June 03, 2021, 02:00 PM
Thursday, June 03, 2021, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Fee: Free

In February 2020, even before the COVID-19 pandemic reached crisis levels, health and human service serving nonprofits were struggling to find and maintain affordable insurance coverage. With no end in sight to this current hard market, this webinar is meant to inform and empower nonprofit executives to make the best insurance decisions for their organizations.

This presentation will cover the conditions that are making it difficult for organizations like yours to get affordable insurance, or even to purchase certain coverages.

But knowledge is power – so we will also help attendees understand:
  • How to position your organization for the best possible renewal outcome
  • Risk management best practices
  • Alternatives in the commercial marketplace and how to advocate for them

While this webinar is open to all, it will be particularly relevant to Chief Executives, Executive Directors, CFOs, COOs, anyone handling insurance/risk management for their organization.

Event Details

The event will be hosted on Zoom. You will need a computer and a phone as a back-up audio method. 

Register for the event on Zoom.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

JBernhard HeadshotJulie Bernhard, MSW is director of lead management & referrals for Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA). NIA is a group of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide a stable source of reasonably priced liability insurance coverages to more than 22,000 other nonprofits in 32 states and the District of Columbia. 

For over 18 years, Julie has worked with nonprofits to educate and empower them in navigating the nonprofit insurance marketplace. She has also built a nationwide network of broker relationships that are equally invested in supporting the nonprofit sector. Julie is passionate about the partnership collaborations she has developed, and is always looking for new outreach opportunities to share information that will benefit nonprofits. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and is a licensed Insurance Broker. Julie is also the Webinar Manager for Blue Avocado, a free online magazine offering practical & provocative food for thought for nonprofits, which is published by NIA.

NSato HeadshotNonoko Sato is the associate director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In her role, Nonoko partners closely with MCN executive director Jon Pratt to chart MCN’s strategic response to organizational and sector challenges. She also plays a role in shaping and implementing the organization’s strategy, including oversight of member services and programs, operations, and financial management, as well as leading the annual planning and budgeting process and guiding new strategic initiatives. She serves as the chair of trustees for BenefitsMN, an Association Health Plan that combines the insurance purchasing power of nonprofits across Minnesota. Prior to joining MCN, Nonoko served for nine years as executive director of SMART, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides low-income students access to exceptional education and college success. Originally from Chicago, Nonoko graduated from Carleton College.

RWorden HeadshotRobert Worden has served as a community and personal lines sales manager for Bremer Insurance since 2018 delivering comprehensive insurance programs to meet community business operational risk management needs with the right balance of coverage and cost. By working with customers to first identify areas of risk and exposure, and then recommending solutions from highly rated insurance carriers with outstanding products and services, he can meet the unique needs of individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Before assuming his current role, Robert served as a commercial sales manager for Bremer Insurance. Prior to joining Bremer in 2016, Robert was the regional sales manager for Farmers Insurance in the Twin Cities and operated one of the largest Farmers Insurance agencies in the United States from the Las Vegas market. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Educationfrom the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and earned an MBA from St. Thomas University. Robert also holds a Consultative Sales Designee distinction as well as a Professional Training certification from the University of Minnesota.

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