Excellence in Volunteer Engagement

The Center for Nonprofit Management joined Hands On Nashville and Mayor Karl Dean to roll out the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification in 2011. Today, the new administration under Mayor Megan Barry has renewed the EVE  cross-sector partnership, and the initiative completed its latest round in October 2016. Click here to read more about the most recent ceremony.


The first of its kind in the nation, EVE recognizes nonprofit agencies in Davidson County that have exceptional volunteer programs as determined by a panel of judges that represent the community.

EVE certification requires that each agency have:

  • A volunteer component in their strategic plan.
  • A dedicated and trained volunteer manager—either paid or unpaid.
  • A screening process to be sure that volunteers’ time is well-spent and targeted to their skills and talents.
  • An orientation for all volunteers.
  • An evaluation process to look at a volunteer’s impact on the community and agency.
  • Certifications will be awarded twice a year and valid for two years. Application is open to all nonprofit agencies in Davidson County with no restrictions on the size or budget of the organization and no application fee.

Stay tuned for more information about the next round of applications.

*Certification is for two years. Organizations only need to apply for this round if they have not been previously awarded EVE certification.


Certified Organizations

The 64 nonprofits currently certified for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement are the following (organizations noted with an asterisk received recognition on Oct. 27, 2016 during the 10th round of EVE).

1. Alive Hospice Inc.

2. American Cancer Society - Nashville Chapter*

3. American Red Cross

4. Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

5. Bellevue Edible Learning Lab - BELL Garden*

6. Begin Anew

7. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

8. Book'em

9. CASA Nashville

10. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

11. Christian Community Services, Inc.

12. Conexión Américas

13. Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

14. Dismas Inc.

15. Family and Children's Services

16. Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

17. FiftyForward

18. Friends Life Community

19. Friends of Warner Parks

20. Frist Center for the Visual Arts

21. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

22. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

23. Hope Clinic for Women*
24. Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville*
25. Interfaith Dental Clinic
26. Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
27. Junior League of Nashville
28. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee
29. Martha O’Bryan Center
30. Nashville Adult Literacy Council
31. Nashville CARES
32. Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
33. Nashville Humane Association
34. Nashville International Center for Empowerment
35. Nashville Public Library
36. Nashville Sports Council*
37. Nashville Wine Auction
38. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
39. Noah's Ark Society
40. Open Table Nashville*
41. Operation Stand Down Tennessee*
42. Park Center*
43. PENCIL Foundation
44. Project C.U.R.E
45. Project Reflect Inc.
46. Project Return
47. Room In The Inn
48. Safe Haven Family Shelter
49. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
50. Sexual Assault Center
51. Siloam Family Health Center
52. St. Luke's Community House
53. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville
54. Tennessee Performing Arts Center
55. Tennessee Voices for Children
56. The Nashville Food Project
57. The Next Door
58. The Salvation Army – Nashville
59. ThriftSmart
60. W.O. Smith Music School
61. Your Heart On Art
62. Youth Encouragement Services
63. Youth Villages
64. YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee