The National Center for Victims of Crime conducted a survey of the volunteer screening processes for nonprofit social service organizations. The NCVC’s survey was funded with a grant from a background check agency. The results showed that 12% of the organizations surveyed do not screen volunteers at all. Most that do screen do so through interviews, references calls, and limited criminal records checks.
The survey showed the primary reasons for the lack of more thorough screenings are the expense of screening and the reluctance to potentially offend potential volunteers.
April 2008 - 28 pages