McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Service Enterprise Initiative Certified
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is pleased to announce that it has been certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise! Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.
The Conservancy completed a year long certification process that included an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and coaching, and an extensive internal planning and change process to better integrate volunteers into our human capital strategy. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, the Conservancy is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.
The mission of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is to preserve and advance natural open space through science, education and stewardship. Without the over 600 stewards that contribute more than 60,000 hours of service annually, we would not be able to:
- educate 13,000+ youth annually through interactive activities and school visits
- enlighten 4,000+ adults each year through hikes, lectures and activities
- safeguard 950+ different types of desert plants and animals
- maintain 225+ miles of trails
Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.
The Service Enterprise program is a national change management program that helps organizations gain a greater return on volunteer investment to better achieve their mission. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with the Conservancy organization, please visit https://www.mcdowellsonoran.org. For further information regarding Service Enterprise, please contact the Arizona Service Enterprise Hub at https://getinvolved.az.gov/service-and-volunteerism/service-enterprise.