INHF Receives National Service Enterprise Certification

Posted on November 26, 2018 in Press Center

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DES MOINES - Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) has been recognized as Service Enterprise, a designation awarded to organizations that leverage volunteers across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. The designation is awarded by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer services. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide are certified Service Enterprises.

“Volunteers are at the heart of INHF’s mission,” said Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis. “Whether they’re lending a hand on the land, at an event or working alongside staff in the office, all of our volunteers bring a unique set of skills that help advance our work to protect, restore and connect others to Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. But they all have one thing in common: a shared love of Iowa’s wild places. We simply couldn’t do this work without them.”
Staff, board members and volunteers must participate in research-based assessment, training, consulting and certification. The Iowa initiative is currently delivered through Volunteer Iowa, a part of a national network of Service Enterprise Hubs, which has certified more than 400 organizations across the country since 2012. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation joins more than 25 organizations across Iowa that have received the Service Enterprise certification.