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  • Are You Running a High Quality Volunteer Background Check?

    Posted 10/20/2016 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    The Complete Criminal Locator, Verified Volunteers' most sophisticated volunteer background check, identifies more criminal records and fills in gaps left by other checks. Read on to learn how.

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  • 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Criminal Records

    Posted 08/25/2016 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Imagine this: You interview a potential volunteer. They are excited, they care about your cause, and they seem like they are the perfect fit for a position with your organization.  Then – through their own admission or through a volunteer background check – it is revealed that they had a run-in with the law at some point in the past. In every other way, the volunteer candidate shines. You might be tempted to ignore the information and bring the volunteer onboard anyway. Here are a few reasons you should carefully consider your options before you make that decision.

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  • 5 Questions Organizations Need to Ask Their Volunteer Background Check Provider

    Posted 04/28/2016 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Our clients tend to ask a lot of questions. They want to know how long their volunteer background checks will take. And, of course, how much they will cost. They want to know if the data we collect from their volunteers is safe and secure. These are all great questions and at Verified Volunteers we are always more than willing to hop on a call to go over them with our clients and potential clients.

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  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2016

    Posted 02/18/2016 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Recently, I presented a webinar, 7 Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Background Checks in 2016, along with Verified Volunteers Account Manager Laura Stroud (who strongly referenced her many years working with the terrific volunteer program at the Girl Scouts). We had a great session and received lots of intriguing questions from attendees – which showed that this is a topic that resonates quite a bit. That’s likely because you know as well as I do that the world of volunteer screening and volunteer background checks is always changing. Volunteer screening is not a “one and done” type of activity; it needs to be revisited all the time – at least annually – to ensure you are on top of the latest trends and legislation.

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  • 5 Tips to Better Volunteer Screening

    Posted 02/11/2016 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Get more from your volunteer screening program with five tips based on the practices of over 350 U.S. nonprofit organizations.

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  • Verified Volunteers Tackles Your Top 7 Volunteer Criminal Record Check Questions

    Posted 10/15/2015 by Katie Zwetzig, Executive Director of Verified Volunteers

    Criminal record checks are the most popular method for screening volunteers. However, along with that popularity comes misinformation and varying opinions on best practices. This leaves volunteer managers with questions about how to truly get the most thorough, accurate, fast, and compliant criminal record checks.

    Here are answers to 7 commonly asked questions about criminal record checks.

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