Whiterock Conservancy was recently certified as Service Enterprise organization!
A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide are characterized as Service Enterprises.
“Because of our large land base, Whiterock Conservancy constantly has opportunities to creatively approach conservation and agricultural issues as well as improve guest experience,” said Dan Gudahl, Executive Director. “The usual limiting factor is staff time to implement the ideas. Volunteers allow us to try new things, experiment, and grow.”
Staff, board members, and volunteers must participate in research-based assessment, training, consulting, and certification. This process allows the organization to leverage the skills and expertise of volunteers at all levels. The designation is awarded by the Service Enterprise Initiative, led by Points of Light which strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to leverage the skill sets and talents of volunteers to address community needs.
The initiative is currently delivered through Volunteer Iowa, a part of a national network of Service Enterprise Hubs, which has certified more than 400 organizations across the country since 2012. Whiterock Conservancy joins more than 25 organizations across Iowa that have received the Service Enterprise certification.
About Volunteer Iowa
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to pointsoflight.org.