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Service Enterprise Initiative Cohort 11 completes training

Service Enterprise Initiative Cohort 11 members sit and stand in 3 rows inside a room. Behind them are white boards and in front of them are printed boards reading "Service Enterprise Certified, Points of Light" and "Service Enterprise, Points of Light" alongside logos for ASU Lodestar Center and other organizations.

May 22, 2019 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Six organizations completed the Service Enterprise Initiative training offered by the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation today. This exemplary accomplishment signifies that these organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.

Cohort 11 included Just For Patients, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Northwest Valley Connect, Stardust Nonprofit Building Supplies, Treasures 4 Teachers, and The Welcome to America Project.

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 nationally 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.