The usual approach to hiring is checking references and, for most nonprofits, doing a criminal background check. Background checks are very popular, but they are not a cure-all.
That’s fine, but Melanie Lockwood Herman, executive director of the Nonprofit Management Risk Center, points out that a clean criminal record is not necessarily predictive of future activity and a clean record does not in itself render an applicant safe to work with children and other vulnerable populations.
Therefore, a better approach to the hiring process involves five considerations:
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