Case Study: ACE Mentor Program of America
The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry. ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities in the aforementioned fields, it also seeks to connect students with long-term mentors, university and college programs, and scholarship opportunities. ACE now reaches more than 8,000 students annually and has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.
Case Study: Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination Colorado (also known as DI Colorado) is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Up until 2012, the organization did not require background checks for its volunteers. Ms. Donelan first reached out to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, but found their process too cumbersome. Later that same year, she approached Verified Volunteers and the results from the partnership have been overwhelmingly positive.
Case Study: DNC Host Committee
Philadelphia was selected by the Democratic National Convention Committee to host the 2016 DNC. While the DNC was a partisan event, its staging was a non-partisan undertaking and required a huge amount of coordination and planning as well as civic outreach and communication. The budget for the convention’s security—of which volunteer screening was a critical part—came directly from federal funds. Click on the image below to read how the DNC Host Committee screened thousands of volunteers quickly and easily with Verified Volunteers.
Case Study: REACH
REACH does big things on a very, very small budget (just under $129,000 in 2015). The organization has only two full-time employees and a small office that’s overflowing with new and donated books. With limited resources, Leslie Clarridge, REACH’s Volunteer & Program Coordinator, is responsible for recruiting and managing over 200 local read-aloud volunteers. The volunteer application and onboarding process had been a time-consuming, manual, and paper-based system for many years.
Case Study: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
For many years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee used a different background check provider. Myron Harvey, the agency’s Engagement & Enrollment Specialist – and the individual responsible for managing the criminal background screening process for the agency – found the turnaround times to be slow and inconsistent. Worse, the volunteers regularly pointed out omissions on background checks, putting their accuracy in question. Click on the image below to read how Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee switched to Verified Volunteers – and improved their background screening process – in the complete case study.
Case Study: A Friend 4U
As a relatively new nonprofit powered entirely by dedicated volunteers and private donations, A Friend 4U was handling all of its volunteer applications, screening and national databases via paper format followed by manual data entry. Not only did this method prove time consuming but also screening accuracy was limited without the inclusion of county records in these background checks.
Case Study: City of Colorado Springs
For years, the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department depended on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and local police department to screen its volunteer candidates. As Colorado Spring’s population grew and its volunteer community topped 4,000 annually, the City decided to engage in a more thorough background check process. Click on the image below to read how the City of Colorado Springs switched to Verified Volunteers – and made their background screening process easier and less time consuming – in the complete case study
Case Study: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (RCAN)
Screening volunteers was inefficient and time-consuming for The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (RCAN). By choosing Verified Volunteers, volunteer screening is completed at a faster rate – with much of the onus on the volunteers themselves – and RCAN is experiencing significant cost savings.
Case Study: Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children (CASA)
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.
Case Study: Idaho 4-H
In 2014, the University of Idaho mandated that specific groups of volunteers in the 4-H program complete both a background screening and the University of Idaho’s Protecting Minors Training. The goal was to complete this process within a short three-month window. This presented a number of challenges.
Case Study: Alive Hospice
With 365 volunteers to recruit, screen, evaluate and onboard, Alive Hospice volunteer management is time consuming and complicated. The volunteer management team must balance ongoing screening and onboarding of new volunteers with the evaluation and recognition of all existing volunteers, which requires a great deal of work and time. In addition, efficiency, accuracy and reporting are vital to ensure compliance, continued accreditation by Joint Commission and funding from Medicare.
Case Study: Minds Matter
When Jade Keena, Director of Operations in Minds Matter’s national office, joined the organization in late 2014, it was still processing volunteer background checks by hand and on paper. Although a formal background screening policy at the chapter and national levels did exist, what was done was often piecemeal and inconsistent.
Case Study: Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California had been working with a screening provider that abruptly raised the cost of its background checks by more than 700%. It also ended integration capability with the Special Olympics Southern California volunteer database, which required the organization’s Manager of Volunteer Systems to waste hours each week making double database entries to complete screens. The burden on the organization’s budget and its personnel was too much and it began investigating alternatives.