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
Feb. 28 - Orientation
March - SED and Pre-Training Meetings
April 4- First training session
April 18 - Second training session
May 2 - Third training session
May 16 - Fourth training session

To learn more about becoming a Service Enterprise or to request an application, e-mail michelle.raymer@iowaeda.com.

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:

The following Iowa organizations have received Service Enterprise certification:

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: http://www.pointsoflight.org/service-enterprises 

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