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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. 

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

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.

  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. Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
  13. Dismas Inc.*
  14. Fannie Battle Day Home for Children*
  15. FiftyForward
  16. Friends Life Community
  17. Friends of Warner Parks
  18. Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  19. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee*
  20. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
  21. Hope Clinic for Women
  22. Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville
  23. Interfaith Dental Clinic
  24. Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
  25. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee*
  26. Martha O’Bryan Center
  27. Monroe Harding
  28. Nashville Adult Literacy Council
  29. Nashville CARES
  30. Nashville Humane Association*
  31. Nashville International Center for Empowerment
  32. Nashville Public Library
  33. Nashville Sports Council
  34. Nashville Wine Auction*
  35. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  36. NeedLink
  37. Open Table Nashville
  38. Operation Stand Down Tennessee
  39. Park Center
  40. PENCIL Foundation
  41. Project C.U.R.E.*
  42. Project Reflect Inc.
  43. Project Return
  44. Room In The Inn
  45. Safe Haven Family Shelter
  46. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
  47. Sexual Assault Center
  48. Siloam Family Health Center
  49. St. Luke's Community House
  50. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
  51. Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  52. Tennessee Voices for Children
  53. The Nashville Food Project
  54. The Next Door
  55. The Salvation Army – Nashville
  56. ThriftSmart
  57. W.O. Smith Music School
  58. Your Heart On Art
  59. Youth Encouragement Services
  60. Youth Villages
  61. YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
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