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Inaugural SEI cohort completes Service Enterprise Training

Arizona Service Enterprise Initiative trainees sit and stand in 5 rows within a large room. In the background are projection screens and in front of them is a sign reading "Service Enterprise, Points of Light" with the ASU Lodestar Center logo.

January 31, 2019 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Arizona Service Enterprise Initiative at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation graduated its inaugural class today. This exemplary distinction signifies that participating organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.

Congratulations to House of Refuge, Civitan Foundation, Inc., East Valley Adult Resources, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, Swift Youth Foundation, Sonoran Arts League and Global Ties Arizona on accomplishing this incredible milestone in their organizations' histories.

See more photos from the graduation in this Facebook album.

In collaboration with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, and Points of Light, the ASU Lodestar Center invites qualified organizations to participate in the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI). SEI is a national program that provides training and certification to selected nonprofits that are committed to implementing exemplary volunteer management practices to achieve their missions.

Ninety-two percent of participants said their organization was better equipped to engage volunteers to meet their mission, while 80 percent reported an increase in both traditional and skill-based volunteers, averaging a 23 percent annual increase in volunteers.