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Non-Profits: Can Board Members be Sued?

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What is the name of your state? Pennsylvania

My family is currently involved with a non-profit, volunteer orchestra that performs several concerts a year at a local high school. Two members of our household have recently received unpaid positions on the orchestra's Board of Directors, one being Treasurer and the other being Secretary. We recently examined the insurance policy for the orchestra and realized that the orchestra is severely uninsured.

We are pushing the board to adopt additional insurance but knowing how apt some people are to sue, we are afraid that someone who does sue can go after the assets of individual board members. Another board member said she remembers being told by someone that the assets of board members of not-for-profits are immune but we aren't so sure that is true.

The bottom line is if we can be sued for being on the board of this orchestra we are not sure if we want to remain as involved as we are now.

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