A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises. Nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises more effectively address community needs and run on almost half the median budget than those nonprofits that do not leverage volunteers across all levels of their organization. When an organization leverages volunteers, managing them effectively, it is in a better position to grow.

Points of Light, is leading the national Service Enterprise Initiative and proud to partner with NYC Service for this initiative.  Our goal is to implement a capacity building system for NYC organizations to create and enhance volunteers as part of their strategic plan. The initiative will also support the OneNYC goal of increasing the current NYC volunteer rate from 18% to 25% (national average).

Our NYC Strategy: 100 organizations certified in Strategic Volunteer Planning/Service Enterprise in 2016-2018. Each participating organization will increase volunteers by at least 23% as well as volunteer impact, effectiveness and return on volunteer investment.

A Service Enterprise Hub leads cohorts of organizations through a process to build their capacity to operate in this way. If you’re interested in becoming a Hub to help strengthen nonprofits in your community, we invite you to learn more here. You will find several documents that provide information on the application process, benefits of being a Hub, time required, business modeling and other important factors.

Let’s work together to get more
New Yorkers volunteering
and more organizations thriving!

Submit your online application by

September 1, 2016 @ 5:00 Eastern

Get to Know More: Service Enterprise Initiative

Check out the Service Enterprise Initiative overview video! https://youtu.be/xvSO9oreIM4