Selection Open for 2017 Service Enterprise Initiative Participants

Thursday, November 3, 2016


November 3, 2016

Michelle Raymer
​Volunteer Iowa
515.725.3135 / 800.308.5987


Selection Open for 2017 Service Enterprise Initiative Participants

Volunteer Iowa announces two cohort opportunities

DES MOINES, Iowa – A national Points of Light program led statewide by Volunteer Iowa, the Service Enterprise Initiative is a proven, research‐based model that equips organizations to leverage volunteers and their skills across all levels to successfully deliver on their social mission. It also diagnoses strengths organizations can leverage and challenges that need to be addressed in order to achieve sustainability. The model continues to achieve results nationwide.

Volunteer Iowa is seeking to increase the number of nonprofits and government organizations operating as service enterprises. Two cohort opportunities will be available in 2017, with orientations beginning in January or September. Applications are accepted year round, but are due by January 5th to be considered for the January cohort.

Organizations can access innovative training and consulting support to help effectively leverage the skills and talents of volunteers into their core operations to become a service enterprise. Through a multi-month engagement with Volunteer Iowa, organizations will move through a change management process that will result in greater impact.

An organization will receive:

  • A thorough research based assessment of existing organizational capacity and volunteer engagement practices
  • Up to 16 hours of training to assist in reexamine the roles and 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 the time and skills of volunteers to meet the social mission of the organization

“Participating in the Service Enterprise Initiative demonstrates an organization’s commitment to organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and shows funders they are a good investment” said Adam Lounsbury, Volunteer Iowa Executive Director. “One of the best ways to improve volunteerism in Iowa is to empower and equip nonprofits that utilize volunteers to become Service Enterprises” said Lounsbury.

Organizations and agencies that are interested in becoming a Service Enterprise can contact Michelle Raymer, Volunteer Iowa Program Officer,; 515.725.3135 and visit to find out specific dates for the 2017 year and request an application.

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About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to

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