Member Benefits

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Save time and expense

We have identified top providers of products and services nonprofits are likely to need, so you don’t need to do all the research yourself. We also help you conserve your budget: We offer a cost-effective way to insure your volunteers separately from your organization — transferring the risk that a volunteer might be injured, injure someone else or damage someone’s property, or be at fault in a vehicle accident. Our members also enjoy substantial discounts on dental and vision insurance, volunteer background screening, credit card processing, charity registration, payroll processing, volunteer scheduling and activity tracking, and more. You’ll save our $25 annual membership cost with your first purchase. Here is an overview of those products and services. Once you join VIS, you will have access to all the discounts our partner providers offer VIS members.

Reduce the risk of volunteer engagement

For nearly 50 years, our organization has offered a unique program for insuring your volunteers in case they are injured, injure someone, damage property or are at fault in a vehicle accident while volunteering.

Transferring the volunteer risk exposure to the VIS program helps protect your organization’s own limits of insurance and claims experience, closes coverage gaps that often exist in an organization’s policies, and provides a benefit that helps you recruit and retain the best volunteers. As a VIS member, you also have access to a rich variety of documents, periodicals, training programs and other resources that will help you identify and manage your own foreseeable risks.

You can choose the ones that fit your organization’s needs the best.

Online volunteer driver training course

Have your volunteer drivers complete this self-paced, online course to brush up on the fundamentals of vehicle safety. It’s a great way to let your clients and supporters know transportation safety is a priority for you. The course was developed by VIS and the National Volunteer Transportation Center, and is free to VIS members and their volunteers.

Dominion National discount dental and vision insurance

Offer a big “thank you” to your volunteers, board members and employees for their service to your organization, with this insurance program featuring multiple dental and vision plans at price points to fit any budget. These plans provide comprehensive coverage regardless of your location. There is no cost to your organization, and no work involved other than letting your people know that the program is available. We have set up a dedicated web site that includes all the plan details, costs and enrollment steps: https://edental.dominionnational.com/vis. While most of the discounts VIS has negotiated on products and services are available to VIS members only, we offer the Dominion program to anyone interested in dental and vision insurance. Share the link with anyone you wish.

Sterling Volunteers background screening services

The only volunteer background screening platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector. Save time and cost, while making sure you’re in compliance with all federal and state laws. Great management tools make a once-burdensome process easy.

Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement

AL!VE, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement, is a national membership organization of leaders and professionals in volunteer engagement. AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement. AL!VE is the essential professional resource and advocate for those who engage, motivate, and celebrate volunteers and their vital contributions to our society. Your VIS membership entitles you to a 15% discount on AL!VE membership.

Pet insurance - protecting against unexpected vet bills

VIS has partnered with Figo, a top-rated pet insurance program, to offer a 10% discount on any of Figo’s insurance plans. If your dog or cat is injured or becomes ill, Figo is a great buffer against unexpected vet bills. It is inexpensive, available to everyone, and is easy to access at home or on the go. You can offer it to your staff and volunteers with absolutely no cost or work on your part! You might decide to offer it to your board members, too. Different levels of coverage are available, for as little as $1.25 a day. Choose a plan and enroll on the special Website Figo has developed for VIS — http://bit.ly/2RO9Fwr. While most of the discounts VIS has negotiated on products and services are available to VIS members only, we offer the Figo program to anyone who loves animals! Share the Figo/VIS link with anyone you wish.

Outsource your payroll processing and other HR tasks

Save on payroll processing, human resources and benefits administration and compliance, 1099 payments and filing, and Affordable Care Act reporting compliance.

Credit card processing from a company that understands and supports nonprofit organizations

Credit card processing services for your memberships, donations, fundraisers, etc., with a provider that is a strong supporter of the nonprofit community.

State charity registration made easy

Let Simple Charity Registration take care of the registration required by each state where you solicit contributions, keeping your information year to year, and tracking changes in state regulations.

Assisted Rides Web-based volunteer driver scheduling and management

A Web-based service for nonprofits that provide transportation and other services, making it easy to schedule and track your volunteer activity. Google maps, turn-by-turn directions, automatic calculation of miles, calculation of “in-kind dollars,” and extensive reporting are all part of the service.

“VIS Vault” of risk management resources

Our proprietary risk management resources – Articles addressing common risks in a nonprofit organization, with guidance and additional resources; “Preventer Papers” on volunteer injury prevention and vehicle safety; a detailed model for your volunteer risk management program; guidance on how to evaluate volunteer Motor Vehicle Records; tips on how to prevent employee and volunteer dishonesty; and much more. All free and available 24/7 to VIS members.