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HON DAY 2017

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), a certification program for Middle Tennessee nonprofits, is the first certification effort of its kind in the nation. EVE recognizes nonprofit organizations that employ high-quality volunteer management practices. 

Applications for EVE are accepted twice per year, in the spring and fall. Check back in spring 2018 for details and the upcoming application deadline.

The goal of EVE is to increase volunteerism in Davidson County by encouraging all nonprofits to work toward volunteer management programs that offer first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences. All nonprofit organizations headquartered in Davidson County are eligible to apply.

EVE is presented and facilitated by Hands On Nashville, the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Mayor's office. A panel of judges representing the volunteer community, nonprofits, and civic engagement leaders from the private sector determine which organizations qualify for the two-year certification. 

For those agencies that achieve EVE certification, a distinctive green ribbon will be provided to serve as a beacon for volunteers. 

Nonprofits are 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 was co-founded by Hands On Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and Mayor Karl Dean in November 2011. In 2016, Mayor Megan Barry renewed this unique cross-sector partnership recognizing nonprofits with high-quality volunteer management practices.


All EVE-certified Nonprofits

65 organizations are currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement. Those noted with an asterisk received recognition on May 17, 2017, during the program's 11th biannual ceremony.

  1. Adventure Science Center*
  2. Alive Hospice Inc.
  3. American Cancer Society - Nashville Chapter
  4. American Red Cross
  5. Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
  6. Bellevue Edible Learning Lab - BELL Garden
  7. Begin Anew
  8. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  9. Book’em
  10. CASA Nashville
  11. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
  12. Conexión Américas
  13. Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
  14. Dismas Inc.
  15. Family and Children's Services
  16. Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
  17. FiftyForward
  18. Friends Life Community
  19. Friends of Warner Parks
  20. Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  21. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  22. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
  23. Hope Clinic for Women
  24. Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
  25. Interfaith Dental Clinic
  26. Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
  27. Junior League of Nashville
  28. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
  29. Martha O’Bryan Center
  30. Monroe Harding*
  31. Nashville Adult Literacy Council
  32. Nashville CARES
  33. Nashville Humane Association
  34. Nashville International Center for Empowerment
  35. Nashville Public Library
  36. Nashville Sports Council
  37. Nashville Wine Auction
  38. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  39. NeedLink*
  40. Noah's Ark Society
  41. Open Table Nashville
  42. Operation Stand Down Tennessee
  43. Park Center
  44. PENCIL Foundation
  45. Project C.U.R.E
  46. Project Reflect Inc.
  47. Project Return
  48. Room In The Inn
  49. Safe Haven Family Shelter
  50. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
  51. Sexual Assault Center*
  52. Siloam Family Health Center
  53. St. Luke's Community House
  54. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
  55. Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  56. Tennessee Voices for Children
  57. The Nashville Food Project
  58. The Next Door
  59. The Salvation Army – Nashville
  60. ThriftSmart
  61. W.O. Smith Music School
  62. Your Heart On Art
  63. Youth Encouragement Services
  64. Youth Villages
  65. YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee