PROVIDENCE (March 20, 2019) — A workshop series hosted by OceanPoint Insurance will bring together thought leaders from various industries to discuss issues affecting non-profits. The first workshop in the 2019 Nonprofit Workshop Series, titled “Sensible Stewardship: Managing Governance Risk,” will be held on April 16, 2019, and it will focus on anticipating and avoiding board governance dangers.

David Madara, Nonprofit Practice Leader and Client Relationship Manager at OceanPoint Insurance, will lead the two-part workshop that will feature remarks by Melanie Lockwood Herman, who is the Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, and a panel discussion aimed at promoting effective governance policies.

“Non-profits provide society with a wealth of services that strengthen our communities, but they face a variety of challenges that prevent them from fulfilling their mission,” said Madara. “Our workshop series can help non-profit leaders anticipate issues and plan how to respond to those matters when the time comes.”

Panel members for the April 16 workshop include guest speaker Lockwood Herman; Linnea Michel, Founder and President of the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc.; David Preston, Founder and Owner of New Harbor Group; and Ron Bouchard, Vice President of Cash Management at BankNewport.

“Rhode Island has one of the highest number of non-profits per capita in the country, and OceanPoint Insurance is proud to help empower local and regional non-profits with knowledge that can help strengthen their causes,” said Doug Mayhew, President/CEO of OceanPoint Insurance.

The April 16 workshop will provide an overview of governance board best practices, and then pivot to risks that boards might have to face such as crisis management, recruitment red flags, and legal compliance for boards.

Pre-registration is encouraged for the upcoming workshop on Sensible Stewardship. The same event will be held at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence, R.I., at 9 a.m., and at the BankNewport Corporate Training Center, 184 John Clarke Road, Newport, R.I., at 2 p.m.

Other workshop topics to be held throughout 2019 will focus on active threat/shooter preparedness, unemployment trends and funding, and developing a culture of safety. A full schedule is available here.

About OceanPoint Insurance

OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., is a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency that provides a broad range of property casualty insurance products and a full array of financial services. A subsidiary of BankNewport and OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC., OceanPoint Insurance can trace its roots back to 1863 and is one of the largest independent insurance agency operations in southeastern New England. With locations in Middletown, Barrington, and Coventry, OceanPoint Insurance is positioned to meet the growing insurance needs of clients throughout the region. For more information, visit

Nonprofit Insurance Workshop

Workshop Leaders L to R – John Kaull, Commercial Lines VP, OceanPoint Insurance; Cynthia Koral, Chief Marketing Officer, 501c Agencies Trust; Sonya Llewellyn, 501c Agencies Trust Assoc Director of HR Services; David Madara, OceanPoint Insurance Nonprofit Practice Leader.

OceanPoint Insurance Agency’s Nonprofit Practice held workshops this week in Providence and Middletown.  The purpose of these workshops was to address the human resource management needs of the nonprofit executives.    Those in attendance represented over $40M of human services programming in the Ocean State.  For nonprofits, it is essential to find ways to save costs so that programming funds can serve the people and not the administrative costs.

The execs walked away with inspiration for managing their unemployment insurance obligations, this is a challenging administrative process, and we are excited that the new ideas will help nonprofits deliver on their mission.

OceanPoint’s Nonprofit Practice is committed to bringing actionable resources and insurance options to its clients through hands-on workshops, industry partnerships, and strong leadership.

In addition to repeating this successful workshop in 2019, we will address:

  • Board Governance challenges
  • Maintaining a Safety Culture
  • Active Shooter Preparedness

Join the upcoming workshop series by contacting:

David J. Madara, CPCU, AAI, CRIS

Call: (401) 367-1165