More Schools Make Background Checks a Prerequisite to Volunteering - May/June, 2017
Shrinking budgets and other organizational pressures mean many schools increasingly rely on their volunteers to perform essential functions inside and outside the classroom, yet inconsistent vetting of these volunteers may expose schools to unintended risk – as recent headlines attest. While laws and policies regarding criminal background checks for school volunteers are different for every state and school district, screening is fast becoming a prerequisite to volunteering at schools throughout the country.
Is Your Standard of Protection What It Should Be? - May 22nd, 2017
Abuse issues and safety remain a chief concern for youth service organizations. While youth service organizations have stepped up training and staff selection efforts in recent years, there is still much work to be done. Abuse prevention and protection must be a strategic initiative.
Nonprofits relying more on volunteers—and screening - May 12th, 2017
New research shows that nonprofits are relying more and more on their volunteers to fill staffing gaps in their organizations, making volunteer screening critical.
Screening company announces partnership - May 10th, 2017
Verified Volunteers, which provides background screening services for nonprofit organizations, announced a partnership with Plan to Protect, which focuses on abuse prevention.
5 Trends Facing Nonprofits Now - April 20th, 2017
Evaluating—or re-evaluating—recruiting strategy, community outreach and ways to improve volunteer programs should include a thorough understanding of current trends and changes impacting the nonprofit sector.
Verified Volunteers and Plan To Protect Partner to Safeguard Vulnerable Populations - April 4th, 2017
Together, Organizations Increase Protection for Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Use of Volunteers on the Rise - February 2nd 2017
Organizations are relying heavily on unpaid workers, according to research from Verified Volunteers’ “Volunteer Screening Trends and Best Practices Report: 2017.”
Nonprofits Relying on More Volunteers—and More Vetting, Survey Says - December 12th 2016
As their volunteers interact more heavily with vulnerable populations, some nonprofits are checking their backgrounds more thoroughly, according to a recent survey.
Organizations Using More Unpaid Workers Than Ever, Verified Volunteers Study Finds - December 2nd 2016
Volunteer numbers are rising as organizations that use unpaid workers are drawing on more of them than ever, according to new research from Verified Volunteers’ Volunteer Screening Trends and Best Practices Report: 2017. The number of one-time or casual volunteers is also growing. More volunteers are passing through organizations yet fewer are committing for long periods of time.
Verified Volunteers Offers Background Check Best Practices For Schools - September 21st 2016
Fort Collins, CO, September 19, 2016 – Shrinking budgets and other organizational pressures mean many schools increasingly rely on their volunteers to perform essential functions inside and outside the classroom, yet inconsistent vetting of these volunteers may expose schools to unintended risk – as recent headlines attest. While laws and policies regarding criminal background checks for school volunteers are different for every state and school district, screening is fast becoming a prerequisite to volunteering at schools throughout the country.
Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Announces Selection Of Volunteer Vetting Services Firm - July 8th 2016
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced that it has selected Verified Volunteers to be its volunteer security vetting firm. Verified Volunteers will be responsible for conducting background checks for all volunteers registered to the Host Committee’s volunteer portal to help Philadelphia host the Convention this summer. Such background checks are commonplace for large-scale events like the Convention.
The Wall Street Journal Risk & Compliance Journal: Survey Roundup: Properly Aligning the IT Audit Function - December 9th, 2015
A look at some recent surveys and reports dealing with risk and compliance issues.
New Report: 85% of Organizations May be Using Low Quality Checks in Their Volunteer Screening Program - December 9th, 2015
Verified Volunteers Releases First Comprehensive Volunteer Screening Trends & Best Practices Report
Verified Volunteers’ 2016 Volunteer Screening Trends and Best Practices Report reveals that a majority of volunteer organizations discover a misdemeanor or felony conviction for less than two percent of their volunteers during the background screening process. This low “hit rate” suggests that these organizations are receiving a poor quality check.
Why Your Organization Must Screen Volunteers - December 9th, 2015
While most volunteers are honest people who genuinely want to help, there will always be questionable individuals trying to get through the door. Government agencies and other organizations need to stay ahead of the curve and maintain volunteer screening processes that protect their assets and the people they serve. Read this op-ed piece by Verified Volunteers Executive Director Katie Zwetzig to learn just why volunteer screening is so important – and how to make sure you are getting background checks of the highest quality.
Volunteers being screened for pope's visit - August 18, 2015
An in-depth look at the screening process for the Pope’s 10,000+ volunteers.
Pope Francis Philadelphia Visit: 9,000 Volunteers Signed Up For September Celebration - August 12, 2015
When Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia in September, some 9,000 volunteers will be among the expected crowd of 2 million people. The volunteers will tackle the everyday logistics associated with a papal visit, including answering visitors' questions, giving directions and serving as interpreters. Despite the relatively basic job duties, the process of becoming a volunteer is not a simple one. Those selected by the World Meeting of Families, which facilitated the pope's visit, had to go through a rigorous background check to participate in the event.
America’s Charities and Verified Volunteers Partner to Offer Streamlined Volunteer Screening and More Effectively Activate Employee Volunteers in Communities Nationwide - August 11, 2015
America’s Charities, the leader in workplace giving and philanthropy, and Verified Volunteers, the only background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector, have formed a strategic alliance to help America’s Charities nonprofit members vet volunteers more safely, easily, and cost-effectively.
Volunteers for Pope Francis Philadelphia visit put through rigorous background checks - August 11, 2015
Tom Klein describes the screening processed employed by Verified Volunteers on the thousands of World Meeting of Families volunteers: "It is our most comprehensive volunteer screening in terms of its breadth and depth," Klein said. "We live in a country where criminal court records are stored at thousands of different repositories, in county courts, state departments of corrections, data bases and county and municipal repositories. To find criminal records comprehensively it takes a very wide net to be cast."
Papal screening and training under way in Philadelphia and beyond - August 10, 2015
Before the World Meeting of Families and papal visit can happen, thousands of volunteers must be trained. Volunteers need background checks too. Tom Klein talks about the screening some of the 10 thousand papal volunteers in this radio interview.
6,000 volunteers ready to lend many hands this September - June 4, 2015
Volunteers are an integral part of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in September. Verified Volunteers is tasked with screening them all.