Posts for November, 2013
By Kaira Esgate, executive director, Reimagining Service - For the past 18 months, Reimagining Service has partnered with CaliforniaVolunteers (the state service commission in California), Points of Light, and seven HandsOn Network affiliates/volunteer centers to develop the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative (CVSEI). Through this pilot initiative, HandsOn Network affiliates/volunteer centers support local nonprofits in completing a comprehensive assessment, training and consulting model that leads to nonprofits reimagining the way they strategically engage volunteers as well as earning certification as a Service Enterprise.
To date, 76 California nonprofits have met certification requirements and/or have completed the training and consulting portion of the model. Initial six-month follow-up data from nonprofits participating in the initiative is positive:
60% of nonprofits increased the number of volunteers engaged;
50% of nonprofits increased the number of skills-based volunteers engaged;
52% of nonprofits increased the number of service hours donated; and,
57% of nonprofits increased the number of service hours donated by skills-based volunteers.