June 2014 Newsletter
Reimagining Service Forum at the Conference on Volunteering and Service 

At the Conference on Volunteering and Service, the Volunteer Engagement Track, sponsored by Gap Inc., was a success by all accounts. There was strong demand among participants, including a waiting list of 200 people who wanted to participate in the track's opening on June 16. Here are a few key highlights from the 31 sessions:

  • Wendy Spencer from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) shared resources every nonprofit should consider, including becoming a Service Enterprise, an initiative funded by CNCS that is being led by Points of Light in partnership with CaliforniaVolunteers. 
  • Katie Campbell, Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), moderated a panel discussion with James Weinberg, AchieveMission, and others on practices within human resource management and volunteer management and how often they mirror one another. You can read more about James' point of view in his recent blog article, "Human Capital Management for Volunteers." 
  • On June 17, the Reimagining Service Forum focused on the topic of maximizing volunteer impact through effective cross-sector partnerships. If you weren't able to attend, take a look at this storify that captures the insights and energy from the packed room! Additional resources will be shared in the coming months.
Service Enterprise Initiative - Call for Applications

Have you heard the term "service enterprise" but have questions on what it means for nonprofits or the role intermediary organizations can play in the process? Points of Light has released a call for applications for organizations to serve as Hubs for the national expansion of the Service Enterprise Initiative. Eligible organizations include state service commissions, HandsOn Network affiliates, management service organizations, foundations, and national networks. For interested applicants, there will be two technical assistance calls on June 30 and July 2, more information is listed in the application. Additionally, there is a "Service Enterprise 101" call for nonprofits:

  • Date: June 30, 2014 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
  • Conference Call Dial-in #: 1-888-619-1583 
  • Participant Passcode: 543228
  • If you have questions, you can email: Training@pointsoflight.org  

National Park Service - New Strategic Plan on Interpretation, Education and Volunteers


Kudos to the National Park Service (NPS) for its newly-released strategic plan emphasizing forward-thinking ideas related to the outcome: Active Engagement. Putting into practice the four Reimagining Service principles,

NPS outlines three goals related to volunteer engagement calling for the recognition of "volunteerism as an organizational strategy" and making "volunteering a core strategic function." You can access the strategic plan, "Achieving Relevance in Our Second Century," and for further reading, take a look at one of our case studies that profiles the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program in the NPS.

What We're Reading Now


Let's Give Volunteering a Facelift, Business Doing Good Blog Article, by Danielle Holly, Common Impact:
"It's in our hands to give volunteerism the facelift it deserves, and it'll take the support of every individual who starts, leads and participates in these efforts at their workplaces.  What are some of the ways you share the innovative engagement initiatives at your company?  How can we all reimagine volunteerism?"



Volunteer Opportunities Help Employers Attract Talent, Report Says: The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently featured new findings from The 2014 Millennial Impact Report by Achieve, a consulting firm; the findings suggest that employers should look at a "three-pronged approach" when thinking about employee engagement.
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