Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE)

The Excellence in Volunteer Engagement certification initiative - the first of its kind in the nation - will recognize nonprofits with top notch volunteer programs.

In partnership with the Mayor's Office "Impact Nashville" initiative, Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management will implement EVE.

Applications will be accepted from nonprofit and charitable organizations in Davidson County to be recognized for a two-year period as having achieved EVE certification. Panels of judges will determine which agencies qualify, and we will let the public know the results.

For those agencies that achieve EVE certification, a distinctive green ribbon will be provided to serve as a beacon for volunteers. Applications for the first round of EVE Certification will be due in January 2012. Applications will be posted here in the next few weeks.

Nonprofits will be reviewed on five key areas of volunteer management. All EVE-certified organizations will:

1. Include a volunteer component in their strategic plans.

2. Have an identified and trained volunteer manager.

3. Ensure volunteers’ time and talent are well-utilized.

4. Provide orientation for all volunteers.

5. Evaluate volunteers’ impact on the community and agency.

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative, which Mayor Karl Dean launched on Sept. 30, 2010, as part of the national Cities of Service movement.

Click here to read the news release announcing the launch of EVE.