Volunteer Generation Fund 2013
CaliforniaVolunteers (CV), the state service commission of California, proposes the utilization of year 4 Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) support to further codify and implement the business model for long-term sustainability of the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative (CVSEI). CVSEI has been developed using year 1-3 VGF support as an evidenced-based train-the-trainer model to increase the effectiveness and impact of nonprofit organizations through the strategic engagement of volunteers. Key partners in this effort include Points of Light (POL), as the national technical assistance provider and scaling partner, as well as 8 volunteer centers (affiliates) in California who have tested the model to date. Through June 30, 2013, 68 nonprofits have been certified as service enterprises and/or completed the training and consulting program towards certification. Upon completion of year 4, affiliates participating in this initiative will be well-positioned to generate revenue from this model by selling the experience directly to nonprofits and/or scholarships to corporate and philanthropic funders in their respective communities. Combined, these efforts will support hundreds of nonprofits nationwide in increasing the effectiveness of their volunteer engagement strategies, thereby leading to greater volunteer involvement (particularly among skills-based volunteers) and greater organizational capacity to meet community needs.