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Iowa Organizations Selected for National Service Enterprise Pilot

Posted on: August 21, 2013


For more information, contact:

Adam Lounsbury, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
Phone: 515.725.3099

Iowa Organizations Selected for National Service Enterprise Pilot

August 15, 2013 (DES MOINES, IA) – In July, Points of Light announced the selection of 13 HandsOn Network Affiliates as participants in the National Service Enterprise Pilot.  Two of the pilot sites include Iowa-based organizations United Way of Johnson County and United Way of East Central Iowa.  The organizations, which operate Volunteer Centers, are participating in the pilot in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

“Participating in the Service Enterprise pilot aligns with the state’s Call to Service initiative for all Iowans to volunteer 50 hours a year,” said Governor Terry E. Branstad.  “This pilot will prepare nonprofits to effectively engage skilled volunteers in meeting community needs and demonstrates our ongoing cross-sector partnership to meet Iowa’s goals around education, job creation and health.”

The goal of the National Service Enterprise Pilot is to develop the capacity of Volunteer Centers to deliver relevant, comprehensive, and transformative training and support to nonprofits aspiring to achieve the Service Enterprise standard of volunteer engagement.  A Service Enterprise is an organization that leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization.  Research conducted by TCC Group demonstrates that nonprofits operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity thereby allowing these nonprofits to more effectively address community needs.  By the end of June 2014, at least 65 nonprofits will have participated in the initiative as a result of the national expansion.

In Iowa a minimum of 10 nonprofits will participate in the pilot and 12 Iowa organizations, including United Way of Johnson County and United Way of East Central Iowa will become Service Enterprises.  As Volunteer Centers, the organizations promote volunteerism, connect volunteers to community organizations, and support nonprofit training.  

The National Service Enterprise Pilot represents an expansion of the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative, which was developed by CaliforniaVolunteers, the state service commission in California, in partnership with participating HON Affiliates/volunteer centers in the state.

Funding to support this work comes primarily from a federal Volunteer Generation Fund grant secured by CaliforniaVolunteers from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Since 2012, seven California-based HandsOn Network Affiliates/volunteer centers have piloted the training and consulting curriculum, working with more than 60 organizations to achieve the Service Enterprise standard of volunteer engagement.

Reimagining Service has been pleased to support the expansion of this work, in partnership with CaliforniaVolunteers, the California pilot sites, and Points of Light this past year.  You can learn more about the Service Enterprise model by visiting the

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About the ICVS (or Volunteer Iowa)

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service 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

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