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Why You Need to Screen Your Nonprofit's Volunteers

At a nonprofit, every employee wears multiple hats. That’s why we’ve made our background checking service for volunteers so simple for both the nonprofit and its volunteers. We receive calls at KRESS daily from nonprofit managers looking to learn more about volunteer screening. It only takes a few minutes to complete the necessary documents to run a background check, and in exchange, your nonprofit and those you serve can rest easy knowing that they’re working in a safe environment. Want to learn more about how screening volunteers works? Keep reading!


Why should we screen our volunteers?

If your volunteers work with children, interact with vulnerable populations, or represent your organization out in the field, then you may be putting your organization or those you serve at risk. Background checks ensure that every volunteer qualifies to work with you. Just like corporations, nonprofits can be held liable for not screening their volunteers if violence occurs against another volunteer, an employee, or anyone else. Volunteer screening also lets volunteers know that they will work in a safe environment when they come to your organization.


What should I look for in a screening company?

There are a few things you should look for if you’re considering running background checks on your volunteers.

  • KRESS allows organizations to send a link to their volunteers that lets them pay for and complete documents for their background check. This process takes minutes for the nonprofit, and it takes only 10 minutes of your volunteer’s time. Eighty-five percent of our background checks are completed in less than 48 hours, and we only send you thorough, accurate reports.
  • To order a background check, all you have to do is log in to, click a button, and a link is sent to your volunteer. The link has all of the instructions they will need to complete their screening. If your volunteers will operate a vehicle, we offer a simple ordering system for motor vehicle reports (MVRs) as well.
  • Your volunteers are already giving you their time. We understand that asking for sensitive information, such as social security numbers, can seem like a challenge for volunteers. That’s why we ensure the confidentiality of all of our reports. Your volunteers never need to have a concern about the privacy of their information.


How much time will I spend running background checks?

If you regularly intake new volunteers, you can expect to spend half an hour to one hour each month ordering and evaluating reports. Volunteers will spend about 10 minutes completing the documents needed to process their screening.


There are a lot of regulations. How do I follow them all?

There are laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level. It can be tough to keep track of them all. At KRESS, we are licensed to run background checks across every state in the U.S., and compliance is our number one priority. We know and follow the regulations for every area of the country.


To request more information about our background screening packages, contact us today.

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