Nonprofits that fundamentally leverage volunteers across all levels of the organization to successfully achieve the social mission of the organization are known as “Service Enterprises,” and are proven to be more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their impact in comparison to peer organizations.
In fact, research conducted by the TCC Group revealed that organizations with 10 to 50 core volunteers are as equally efficient on all measures of organizational effectiveness as their counterparts without core volunteers, yet they operate on nearly half their annual budgets. When an organization reaches 50 core volunteers and achieves an effective volunteer management model, not only do they better lead and manage their organizations, but they are also significantly more adaptable, sustainable, and better resourced to do their work, and therefore able to sustainably go to scale.
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is pleased to partner with Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, to offer nonprofits national Service Enterprise certification. The Service Enterprise seal highlights the organization’s commitment to leverage the time and talent of volunteers to meet its social mission.
During the Service Enterprise certification process, participating nonprofits have access to:
A thorough and research-based assessment of existing organizational volunteer engagement practices called the Service Enterprise Diagnostic (SED).
Up to 16 hours of training to assist in reimagining the ways in which the organization engages volunteers.
Individualized consulting to address unique organizational opportunities and challenges.
National certification signifying the organization’s commitment to and proficiency in appropriately leveraging volunteers to achieve the organization’s social mission.
If you are a corporation or funder interested in sponsoring a nonprofit organization through the Service Enterprise Initiative, please contact our Director of Development, Melissa Reese.
Current S.E.I. Certified Agencies:
Agencies in Training:
Is your organization interested in participating in the Service Enterprise Initiative?
Please contact Director of Training, Leigh-Anne Cade.