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CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL FAST START AWARD

    2010 AWARD NOMINATION

The Corporate Volunteer Council Fast Start Award seeks to honor the outstanding

    performance of Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVCs) established within the past three years.

    The Award will recognize a Corporate Volunteer Council’s success in employing the CVC

    Principles of Excellence. The CVC Principles of Excellence are benchmarks to help CVCs

    strive to maximize their operations, effectiveness and accomplishments.

CVC Fast Start Award Recipient Recognition

The 2010 CVC Fast Start Award will be presented during the National Conference on

    Volunteering and Service.

The Award recipient will be showcased to other CVCs and the larger service community

    through various marketing and communication vehicles during their award year. In addition,

    the award recipient will receive the following;

    ? Two complimentary registrations to the National Conference on Volunteering and

    Service.

    ? Opportunity to serve as a featured presenter during a HandsOn Network Corporate

    Volunteer Council training webinar.

    ? Recognition on the HandsOn Network website.

    ? Recognition in various HandsOn Network mailings and newsletters including The

    Inspire and CVC News.

Eligibility

    Corporate Volunteer Councils established within the past three years are eligible for the Fast

    Start Award. Past recipients are not eligible to reapply for the 2010 award.

Nomination Process

    By using the enclosed form, Corporate Volunteer Councils can nominate themselves or

    another CVC. The Awards nomination form must be completed and returned to HandsOn

    Network by e-mail or mail no later than Friday, April 2, 2010. All information contained

    within the nomination form becomes property of the HandsOn Network and may be used at

    our discretion.

Award Judging and Criteria

    The Awards Selection Team will review and evaluate entries according to the Principles of

    Excellence included in this document. The Awards Selection team is convened by HandsOn

    Network and the CVC Network Advisory Council (CVCN-AC).

Questions: Please contact Natalie Smith at 404-979-2722 or

    nsmith@handsonnetwork.org.

CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL FAST START AWARD

    2010 AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVC) can self-nominate or be nominated by others for the

    Corporate Volunteer Council Fast Start Award. Please be as concise as possible when

    completing this form. If you are nominating more than one organization, use separate forms.

    Please use and attach separate sheets if necessary. Awards will be distributed during the

    2010 National Conference on Volunteering in Service held June 28-30, 2010 in New York

    City. Nominations are due on April 2, 2010.

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Nominee Contact Information

    Name of Corporate Volunteer Council:

    Contact Person:

    Address:

    City: State: Zip Code: Phone Number:

    Email:

Nominee Data

    Month and year CVC was established:

    Number of members 2008: 2009: Number of regular meetings per year:

    Number of special trainings per year:

    CVC Website URL:

    Succession Plan for CVC leadership: Yes No Bylaws or Charter: Yes No CVC membership directory: Yes No If yes, in what format does it exist: Print Electronic

    600 Means Street NW ? Suite 210 ? Atlanta Georgia 30318 ? T 404 979 2900 F 404 979 2901 ? HandsOnNetwork.org

Please provide details about how the nominee addresses each of the Principles of Excellence

    for Corporate Volunteer Councils. Please refer to the Principles of Excellence questions as a

    guide (end of this document) while preparing your answers. Please quantify where possible.

    To avoid possible disqualification, please make sure to adhere to the specified word limit.

Principle 1: CVC Purpose: The CVC has a clearly articulated purpose and mission

    designed to support, encourage and provide venues for businesses to more

    effectively address community needs through their employee volunteer programs.

    500 WORD LIMIT

    Type your response here

    Principle 2: CVC Activities: The CVC’s structure and activities are clearly connected to its purpose and ultimately supports businesses interested in

    developing or strengthening their employee volunteer programs. 500 WORD LIMIT

    Type your response here

Principle 3: Evaluation and Measurement: The CVC seeks to continuously improve

    its effectiveness and performance and that of its members. 500 WORD LIMIT

    Type your response here

In 300 words or less, please summarize why your nominee should receive CVC Fast Start

    Award. If possible include information on the success of CVC initiatives in the past calendar

    year both for members and the communities they serve as a CVC; examples of value of

    membership in their CVC, in their members' own words. Please provide at least two

    quantifiable results. To avoid possible disqualification, please make sure to adhere to the

    specified word limit.

    Type your response here

Up to three electronic documents or links can be submitted for review by the Awards

    Selection Team. No paper-based documents should be submitted. (Examples: CVC brochure,

    link to CVC website, CVC manual, press release, special program, etc.)

     ndSubmission Deadline: April 2, 2010 Please complete the form and return to HandsOn Network’s Business Training Services Department by:

    Email: nsmith@handsonnetwork.org Fax: 404-979-2901

    Mail: Corporate Volunteer Council Fast Start Award Program

     Attn: Business Training Services Department

     HandsOn Network

     600 Means Street, Suite 210

     Atlanta, GA 30318

    Questions: Business Training Services Department (404) 979-2722

    Principles of Excellence for

    Corporate Volunteer Councils

HandsOn Network has developed Principles of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Councils to

    better serve developing and well-established CVCs. It is HandsOn Network’s goal that these

    Principles will serve as benchmarks for CVCs, guiding their work to improve and expand

    their organization. The Principles of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Councils are:

CVC Purpose: The CVC has a clearly articulated purpose and mission designed to support,

    encourage and provide venues for businesses to more effectively address community needs

    through their employee volunteer programs.

    ? Does the CVC’s purpose or mission statement reflect the unique needs and attributes of

    its community?

    ? Does the CVC communicate its social vision consistently to its member companies

    (internal), the business community at-large and nonprofit community leaders (i.e.,

    through newsletters, annual reports, CVC membership manual, by-laws, website,

    brochures, press releases, etc.) in order to encourage greater corporate community

    involvement?

    ? Does the CVC participate in leading the CVC “movement” by continuously recruiting new

    member companies and sharing their expertise (challenges and successes) at the local

    and national level?

    ? Has the CVC established policies, procedures and goals to achieve its mission? Is it

    managed effectively and efficiently?

    ? Does the CVC work in collaboration with community volunteer referral agencies such as

    HandsOn affiliates, or their local Chamber of Commerce? Are these referral agencies

    partners or members of the CVC?

CVC Activities: The CVC’s structure and activities are clearly connected to its purpose and

    ultimately support businesses interested in developing or strengthening their employee

    volunteer programs.

    ? Are national initiatives (i.e., Make a Difference Day, National Volunteer Week, Awards

    for Excellence in Corporate Community Service, etc.) promoted and encouraged?

    ? Are member companies kept informed of local and national trend examples or best

    practices?

    ? Does the CVC provide or arrange for training to meet the needs of member companies?

    Is specialized training offered to companies with new programs, as well as those with

    advanced needs?

    ? Are opportunities for networking offered that encourage members to share their

    expertise, program materials and experiences with one another?

    ? Does the CVC recognize or award member companies or individuals who have exhibited

    standards of excellence through their commitment, leadership and impact within the

    community?

Evaluation and Measurement: The CVC seeks to continuously improve its effectiveness

    and performance and that of its members.

    ? Is the CVC structured and managed in such a way to be able to respond effectively to

    the professional development and networking needs of its member companies? How?

    ? Does the CVC ensure that its membership is informed of the problems effecting the local

    community

    ? Does the CVC evaluate its efforts and effectiveness, including the impact on the

    community and its member companies?

    ? Does the CVC membership have a voice in planning its activities (i.e. programming,

    volunteer projects, annual events, etc.)?

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