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:
- Include a volunteer component in their strategic plans.
- Have an identified and trained volunteer manager.
- Ensure volunteers’ time and talent are well utilized.
- Provide orientation for all volunteers.
- 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
61 organizations are currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement. Those noted with an asterisk received recognition on October 24, 2017, during the program's 12th biannual ceremony.
- Adventure Science Center
- Alive Hospice Inc.
- American Cancer Society - Nashville Chapter
- American Red Cross
- Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
- Bellevue Edible Learning Lab - BELL Garden
- Begin Anew
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
- CASA Nashville
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
- Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
- Dismas Inc.*
- Fannie Battle Day Home for Children*
- Friends Life Community
- Friends of Warner Parks
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts
- Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee*
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
- Hope Clinic for Women
- Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
- Interfaith Dental Clinic
- Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
- Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee*
- Martha O’Bryan Center
- Monroe Harding
- Nashville Adult Literacy Council
- Nashville CARES
- Nashville Humane Association*
- Nashville International Center for Empowerment
- Nashville Public Library
- Nashville Sports Council
- Nashville Wine Auction*
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
- Open Table Nashville
- Operation Stand Down Tennessee
- Park Center
- PENCIL Foundation
- Project C.U.R.E.*
- Project Reflect Inc.
- Project Return
- Room In The Inn
- Safe Haven Family Shelter
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
- Sexual Assault Center
- Siloam Family Health Center
- St. Luke's Community House
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center
- Tennessee Voices for Children
- The Nashville Food Project
- The Next Door
- The Salvation Army – Nashville
- W.O. Smith Music School
- Your Heart On Art
- Youth Encouragement Services
- Youth Villages
- YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee