What is a Service Enterprise?

A Service Enterprise is an organization that uses volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver its mission. This national initiative, led by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, helps nonprofits rethink the way they use volunteers to address community needs.

Research conducted by the TCC Group and Deloitte found that the ten key characteristics below are common among the volunteer programs of Service Enterprise organizations:

Service Enterprise Initiative in Colorado

Spark the Change Colorado is excited to be partnering with Points of Light, to offer organizations access to the Service Enterprise Initiative.

Congratulations to A Precious Child, the first Colorado organization to maintain certification as a Service Enterprise through Spark the Change Colorado!

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Organizations certified as Service Enterprises through Spark the Change Colorado:

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Organizations preparing for certification as a Service Enterprise through Spark the Change Colorado:


The benefits of getting your organization certified:

  • Certified organizations that engage volunteers have almost half the median budget of their peers without volunteers.
  • Every $1 invested in effective volunteer engagement yields $3-$6, which is a 300%-600% return for certified organizations.
  • Nationally certified organizations are listed as such through prominent donor avenues including Points of Light, GuideStar, etc.

Ready to get started?

Spark the Change Colorado will be offering Service Enterprise again in early 2020.

For more detailed information about the program, including the process, time commitment, scheduling for the next cohort and cost, refer to our Service Enterprise FAQ page

Questions? Contact Kelly Streck, kstreck@sparkthechangecolorado.org