Mayor Announces “Excellence in Volunteer Engagement” Recipients

Friday, February 08, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean announced the 42 nonprofit organizations that
received the first round of the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification, an
initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the
number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.
Excellence in Volunteer Engagement was developed last year by the Mayor’s Office, in partnership
with Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management, to recognize nonprofit agencies
with effective volunteer programs and to encourage other organizations to join them in improving
their volunteer opportunities so they can maximize their resources and provide the best quality
services possible. Dean recognized the recipients at an event this morning at the Center for
Nonprofit Management at Rolling Mill Hill.
“I have always been proud of the strong volunteer spirit that Nashville has,” Dean said. “I commend
these nonprofits for providing the types of meaningful volunteer experiences that engage the
passion of our volunteers and put their skills to the best use. These organizations have also been
important in increasing the number of volunteers in our city. I congratulate them on their
achievements, and I thank Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management for leading
the implementation of this significant program.”
The 42 organizations that achieved certification include such groups as Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Middle TN, Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, FiftyForward and Pencil Foundation.

“These nonprofits are accomplishing their missions by managing successful volunteer programs,” said
Lewis Lavine, President of the Center for Nonprofit Management. “We are pleased to recognize them
as the first agencies in the country to achieve EVE certification.”
A panel of judges representing the community determined which agencies qualified for a two- year
certification. Certified organizations showed effectiveness in specific areas of volunteer
management, including a defined volunteer program with an identified, dedicated and trained
manager, a screening process that aligns volunteers’ skills and abilities with appropriate tasks,
orientation for all volunteers and an evaluation process to affirm a volunteer’s impact on the
community and agency.
“Volunteers are an invaluable community resource,” said Brian N. Williams, executive director
of Hands On Nashville. “When nonprofits empower volunteers to maximize their potential, service
increases in meaning and impact. This inaugural group of EVE-certified nonprofits does just that.”
Application is open to all nonprofit agencies in Davidson County with no restrictions on the size
or budget of the organization and no application fee. EVE applications are due quarterly, and the
next group of certified nonprofits will be announced mid-summer. Applications can be found on the
Center for Nonprofit Management’s website,, or Hands On Nashville’s website,

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement is part of the Mayor’s Office “Impact Nashville” initiative,
which Dean launched on Sept. 30, 2010, as part of the national Cities of Service movement.

Impact Nashville directs volunteerism toward two top priorities, public education and the
environment. Aligned with the goals of the Cities of Service national coalition, Impact Nashville
strives to improve the impact of volunteerism across our city in four areas: the impact for those
being served, the impact for the volunteer, the impact on the agency’s mission and the impact on
our community.
The 42 nonprofits certified for the first round of the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement are the


•   Alive Hospice
•   American Red Cross/Nashville Area Chapter
•   American Red Cross/TN Valley Region Blood Services
•   Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
•   Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN
•   Book’em
•   CASA Inc., of Davidson County
•   Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
•   Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle Tennessee
•   Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
•   Family and Children’s Services Crisis Center and 2-1-1
•   FiftyForward
•   Friends Life
•   Friends of Warner Parks
•   Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
•   Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
•   Interfaith Dental Clinic
•   Martha O’Bryan Center
•   Nashville Adult Literacy Council
•   Nashville CARES
•   Nashville Public Library
•   Oasis Center
•   Pencil Foundation
•   Room In The Inn’s Campus for Human Development
•   Safe Haven Family Shelter
•   Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
•   Siloam Family Health Center
•   Sports 4 All Foundation
•   St. Luke’s Community Center
•   Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
•   Ten Thousand Villages
•   Tennessee Voices for Children
•   Frist Center for the Visual Arts
•   The Nashville Food Project
•   The Next Door
•   The Salvation Army – Nashville
•   Thriftsmart
•   Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence
•   Tennessee Performing Arts Center
•   W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School
•   Youth Encouragement Services
•   YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee