Criminal background checks for volunteers

Armando Rayo, Director of Hands On Central Texas, was interviewed by KUT for a story about doing criminal background checks on volunteers, and how that affects both the nonprofit and the volunteers themselves.

This is a growing issue, as more and more donors/supporters demand that nonprofits use volunteers who don’t have serious criminal backgrounds.

What do you think? Is doing criminal background checks on nonprofit volunteers a good thing—or would it deter quality volunteers from lending a hand in the first place? Let us know your thoughts by commenting here.

Listen to the interview here. (Fast forward to 1:48 to hear the story.)

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