|Two New Case Studies are Now Available
Two new Reimagining Service case studies on strategic volunteer engagement, developed by Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows, are now available:
- Care and Share is a nonprofit that aims to reduce discrepancy between food abundance and hunger for those populations that struggle with food insecurity in Southern Colorado. The organization faced a strong surge in demands for services and a dramatic increase in volunteer interest. The case study looks at: how does an agency simultaneously leverage these two opposing forces to achieve impact?
- TESSA of Colorado Springs, an organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence, stands out in its notable commitment to improving and deepening volunteer engagement in recent years. This commitment is driven by the organization's leadership team and board of directors, yet manifests itself throughout all levels and departments of the organization.
Reimagining Service now has seven original case studies; we hope that you will share this collective resource with your network.
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As funders we must recognize that one of the best returns on our investments in our grantees will come from growing their capacity to mobilize their volunteer resources for the greatest possible impact on a problem or need. The result is value added: to organizational stability, mission accomplishment and community strength. Our investment can provide the staffing, training and resources needed to empower organizations and communities to meet the diverse needs of this new age before us.
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;
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Reimagining Service has a full calendar in December with a Council meeting in San Francisco at the Presidio Institute
and two speaking engagements for Executive Director Kaira Esgate:
- On December 6-7, at the fourth annual
- On December 13, United Way of Dane County in Wisconsin is hosting a Reimagining Service Summit, which is the beginning of a unique, local movement that brings together Dane County businesses, nonprofits, faith-based groups, government, and funders to explore this concept. Kaira will be presenting a keynote and discussing the topic: How to Justify, Fund and Retain Volunteer Managers. Reimagining Service is delighted to see this type of conversation happening in Dane County and in other parts of the country such as last year's Reimagining Learning Circle in Milwaukee.