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National accreditation in strategic volunteer engagement

Service Enterprise Initiative

Volunteerism unleashed

The Service Enterprise Initiative is a model for excellence in volunteer engagement. This program provides training and accreditation to nonprofits that are committed to implementing exemplary volunteer management practices to achieve operational efficiency and greater social impact.


said their organization was better equipped to engage volunteers to meet their mission


report an increase in both traditional and skill-based volunteers, averaging a 23% annual increase in volunteers


annual increase in volunteers on average for accredited Service Enterprises, representing $63,000 in valued labor



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The ASU Lodestar Center offers nonprofits throughout Arizona access to the Service Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with AL!VE and Points of Light. We equip nonprofit and public organizations to increase their return on volunteer investment and meet their missions.

See which organizations have already participated. Accredited organizations fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills to achieve
their social mission. They represent the top 11% of nonprofits in the nation, reporting some of the highest volunteer numbers and labor hours in the country.

Service Enterprise Initiative

Organizations receive these key benefits

  • Access to a research-based program to transform your organization into one of the top 11 percent of nonprofits in volunteer management and organizational performance, according to research by the TCC Group.
  • A diagnostic evaluation of your current volunteer engagement practices and tailored recommendations for improvement.
  • 16 hours of training focused on change-management and volunteer engagement strategies and best practices.
  • 15-20 hours of individualized coaching and the support of a community of peers to guide you through your Service Enterprise transformation.
  • A nationally recognized accreditation, with access to volunteer engagement networks, resources and communities.
  • Increased capacity to power your organization. According to Points of Light, Service Enterprises experience a 23 percent increase in volunteers annually, representing $63,000 in valued labor.

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Expand your impact and reach

Service Enterprise accreditation signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.

For every $1 invested in effective volunteer engagement, organizations can expect $3-$6 in return through more effective program delivery. Service Enterprises are significantly more adaptable, sustainable and better resourced to do their work.

In fact, research conducted by the TCC Group found that Service Enterprises are equally as effective as their peers without volunteers, at half the median budget.

Why choose SEI?

Get accredited

Through our Service Enterprise diagnostic, team training and one-on-one coaching, we strengthen the capacity of organizations to strategically and effectively address organizational and community needs.

Is your organization ready to join the next cohort at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation? Or is your organization considering reaccreditation? Get started by completing this form. For more information, email us at


A collaborative program between:

ASU Lodestar Center

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Points of Light

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