Iowa Service Enterprises
A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises. Nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises more effectively address community needs and run on almost half the median budget than those nonprofits that do not leverage volunteers across all levels of the their organization. When an organization leverages volunteers, managing them effectively, it is in a better position to grow.
Applications are now being accepted to participate in the Service Enterprise Initiative at hubs across the state. Through a multi-month engagement with Volunteer Iowa or local participating hub, your nonprofit organization will move through a change management process that will result in more effectively leveraging the time and talents of volunteers and lead to greater impact.
Hear what recent Service Enterprise participants had to say about the process (thank you to our rock star intern Madi Wilson for producing this video!):
Dates for 2018 in Des Moines
For information about dates in other locations, please contact Michelle Raymer.
|Spring 2018 Cohort|
Feb. 12- Applications Due
To learn more about becoming a Service Enterprise or to request an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Service Enterprise Initiative overview video!
Points of Light, is leading the national Service Enterprise Initiative and is working closely with hub organizations across the country to boost the number of certified Service Enterprises. These hubs offer extensive training and consulting to nonprofits that want to deepen their thinking and practices on volunteer engagement.
There are five Service Enterprise hubs in Iowa. In addition to serving as a hub, each of these organizations is also a certified Service Enterprise:
- United Way of East Central Iowa (317 7th Avenue SE, Suite 401, Cedar Rapids IA 52401)
- United Way of Wapello County (224 2nd St E, Ottumwa IA 52501)
- Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (2101 Kimball Ave # 1414, Waterloo IA 50702)
- Volunteer Center of Story County (130 S Sheldon Ave # 201, Ames IA 50014)
- Volunteer Iowa (200 East Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50309)
The following Iowa organizations have received Service Enterprise certification:
- Aging Services, Inc., Cedar Rapids
- Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Des Moines
- Care Initiatives Hospice, Cedar Falls
- Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids
- Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids
- Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Waterloo
- Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Waverly, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Decorah
- Central Iowa RSVP, Story City
- Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Des Moines
- HACAP, Hiawatha
- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Black Hawk County, Waterloo
- RSVP Program of Boone and Greene Counties, Boone and Jefferson
- Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines
- Story County Conservation, Ames
- United Way of East Central Iowa, Cedar Rapids
- United Way of Wapello County, Ottumwa
- Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Waterloo
- Volunteer Center of Story County, Ames
- Volunteer Iowa, Des Moines
- Young Parents Network, Cedar Rapids
- YSS, Ames
Service Enterprises require strong and well developed human resource management practices. For every $1 an organization invests in effective volunteer engagement, they can expect $3-$6 in return.
When an organization leverages volunteers and achieves an effective volunteer management model, not only do they lead and manage their organizations better, but they are also significantly more adaptable, sustainable and better resourced to do their work.
To view the list of all Service Enterprises in the nation visit the Points of Light website.