Corporate Volunteer Council Network


Find a CVC near you.

Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVCs) are "local" networks that businesses join to share effective practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering. CVCs are typically affiliated with local community-based agencies such as HandsOn Affiliates and Volunteer Centers or United Way agencies. Some CVCs have also incorporated as independent nonprofits. The term CVC is a general term and also refers to BVCs (Business Volunteer Councils), Corporate Community Relations Councils, Workplace Volunteer Councils and the like.


Encourage your CVC to join the CVC Network today.  Membership is free!

Benefits of Joining the CVC Network:

  • Customized assistance on basic operations and management, as well as links to peer support for in-depth issues
  • Start-up assistance for individuals or organizations seeking to establish a Corporate Volunteer Council
  • Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Corporate Volunteer Councils
  • Periodic topic-based conference calls for interested CVC leaders
  • Visibility on the HandsOn Network website
  • Opportunity to participate in the National CVC recognition program
  • Discounts and/or free CVC trainings

Start-Up Information and Customized Assistance

If you are interested in establishing a CVC, contact us for customized assistance and resources. The Toolkit for Developing & Strengthening Corporate Volunteer Councils is available to start-up CVCs as soon as you join the CVC Network.


2013 CVC Award Winners

The 2013 CVC Awards were presented on June 20th during the Conference on Volunteering and Service, the largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors.  The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year Award recognizes councils that have a clear purpose, activities that relate to that purpose and measurements for success. The Fast Start Award goes to councils meeting those criteria that have been established within the past three years. All entries are reviewed and winners selected by an awards committee comprised of national CVC leaders and convened by Points of Light and the CVC Advisory Council. This year’s winners are:

Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year – This nonprofit teaches businesses how to partner with and support nonprofit organizations by helping create successful volunteer or charitable programs that benefit the businesses, their employees and the community. Montgomery County’s 25-year-old council, in suburban Washington, D.C., provides its more than 60 members with educational programming and resources, creates service and networking opportunities and celebrates successful volunteer programs.

Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County, Fast Start Award winner – This Southern California council, which launched in January 2012 with 26 companies, quickly set to work organizing educational member meetings, sharing success stories and setting first-year goals. In February 2013, volunteers from member companies joined with residents of the Oak View community to restore a playground by painting over graffiti and planting greenery. The council is a program of the nonprofit organization OneOC, an affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network that connects nonprofits with volunteers and trains nonprofit staff.



Apply for the 2014 CVC Awards today!

The applications for the 2014 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year and the Fast Start Award are now available. Please click the links below to be taken to each application. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28, 2014.

Apply for the CVC of Year Award

Apply for the Fast Start Award.


About the 2012 Winners

About the 2011 Winners

About the 2010 Winner

About the 2009 Winners


It is central to Points of Light to offer our Corporate Volunteer Council Network members resources and assistance necessary to build and run strong programs and partnerships which address community needs through workplace volunteering. Our resources range from benchmarking reports and publications to toolkits and best practice compilations.

Popular Resources:

The Principles of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Councils
The Principles of Excellence for Corporate Volunteer Councils serve as benchmarks for CVCs, guiding their work to improve and expand their organization.

The Role of Corporate Volunteer Councils
This is an overview of what a Corporate Volunteer Council is, how it works and how partnerships between Corporate Volunteer Councils and companies can solve community issues.

CVC Network Program Overview
Explore the benefits of joining the Points of Light Corporate Volunteer Councils Network.

Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Corporate Volunteer Councils

Strategic Planning for Corporate Volunteer Councils

Suggested Topics for CVC Meetings

The Role of Corporate Volunteer Councils

The Three R's to Organizational Development