Are You a “Service Enterprise?” Find Out Why It Matters

Is your organization a service enterprise? Find out.In today’s dubious economic climate, many nonprofits are struggling to do more with less. There is one resource, however, that is abundantly available to any organization with the know-how to recognize it: Volunteers.

Volunteers can dramatically increase your capacity to deliver on your mission. Does your organization maximize volunteer engagement to increase your bottom line and impact? If so, your nonprofit could be a Service Enterprise.

Research shows that nonprofit organizations that strategically engage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity and have greater impact.

These organizations, known as Service Enterprises, often deliver these results with fewer financial resources than peer organizations. In fact, a $1 investment in volunteer capacity can deliver up to $6 in return.

Reimagining Service, a national multi-sector coalition, is increasing effective volunteer engagement through the creation of more Service Enterprises. Service Enterprises fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization.

These Service Enterprises employ strong volunteer management practices that enable them to provide significantly more services with fewer monetary resources, thereby enabling them to accomplish their mission and strategic objectives while having greater impact in their community.

Currently, less than 15 percent of nonprofits nationwide demonstrate the characteristics of a nonprofit Service Enterprise.

Is your organization one of them? Click here and in 10 questions find out.

Once you see how your nonprofit measures up, visit the Reimagining Service website to learn more about the research and to access tools and resources to maximize your volunteer engagement practices and make the case for investing in effective volunteer practices.