These are not managed by Volunteer Iowa. If you have suggestions for other helpful things we could include, please let us know!
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Energize, Inc.
- Huffington Post articles on volunteering
- Huffington Post articles on skill based volunteers
- Independent Sector (leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs -- dollar value of a volunteer hour)
- Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
- Points of Light
- Reimagining Service
- United Ways of Iowa
- Volunteering and Civic Life in America
- Volunteering in America Resources
- 21st Century Grants through Iowa Dept. of Education
- Iowa Council of Foundations
- Grants through the Corporation for National and Community Service
Volunteer Recognition Ideas
- Celebrate National Volunteer Week — normally the third week of April, National Volunteer Week is a call to action for Americans to volunteer and a week to inspire by example. Created by executive order of President Richard Nixon in 1974, this week signaled a recommitment to creating a culture of service in America. Millions of Americans volunteer this week and demonstrate the positive community impact that engaged individuals, families, businesses and organizations create year-round.
- Daily Point of Light Awards — The program was established by the administration of former President George H.W. Bush as part of “A movement to engage all individuals, families, businesses, groups and organizations in America to solve community problems.” Between 1989 and 1993, President Bush distributed 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards during his presidency, placing volunteer service at the top of its agenda. He continues to sign all of the awards today.
- Iowan of the Day – Since 1997, the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation recognizes outstanding Iowans each day of the Iowa State Fair. Individuals who personify the greatness of Iowa with a strong work ethic, loyalty to helping others and an exceptional sense of Iowa pride.
- President's Volunteer Service Awards — The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for Youth Volunteerism — The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.