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Certifying Organizations

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We partner with organizations to deliver the PVSA to our nation’s volunteers. Certifying organizations (COs) are an essential part of the PVSA equation. A CO is an organization that has been granted authority through an application and review process to administer the PVSA to volunteers. We look to COs to verify that volunteers meet all requirements to be awarded the PVSA.

How to become a certifying organization

There are three easy steps to apply for participation in the program:

  1. Take the short e-course on the program. Once completed, you will receive a code to include as part of your application submission. The e-course is an annual requirement.
  2. Complete and submit the certifying organization application online.
  3. Once submitted, all applications are reviewed thoroughly with follow up sometimes required. Processing takes approximately 10-15 business days. You will receive an email notifying your organization of your status. Please be sure to add our email address to your contact information to ensure you receive all correspondence from our customer service team.

Who can become a certifying organization?

  • Certifying Organizations must fall into one of these categories: nonprofit; community or faith-based organization; business; school and college; national service program; civic, fraternal or service organization; membership or trade association; or federal, state or local government agency.
  • Certifying Organizations must:
    • Adhere to the terms and conditions of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the program agreement.
    • Be legally established in the U.S., Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory.
  • Certifying Organizations must either receive the benefit of the volunteer service or facilitate the service activities.

Here's what we ask of you:

  • Verify volunteer hours required to earn award.
  • Verify volunteers are U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residents.
  • Pay nominal cost of PVSA awards, including shipping.
  • Receive and distribute the awards package to volunteers.

Requirements to maintain status for a certifying organization

  • Must be in compliance with all terms and conditions that govern the PVSA program.
  • Recertify with the program annually including confirming agreement with the PVSA terms and conditions.
  • Maintain current organizational information with the PVSA program.
  • Maintain up-to-date database of all recipients that received the PVSA award along with date of award and level (bronze, silver, gold) of service.
  • Must remain current with e-courses as required.

Ready to take the plunge? Click here to begin step one. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirmation and be asked to complete your profile and organization information.

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