Volunteer Background Check Best Practices: Background Screening
Name-Based Searches vs. Fingerprinting
Nonprofit organizations that conduct background checks on prospective volunteers should be in compliance with federal and state laws that govern obtaining and using such information. By listening to and reading the news, one might think that a fingerprint database is out there for organizations to use when doing background searches, such as the FBI database. However, organizations must remember the original reason behind that database was for the use of law enforcement, not for use as a tool for background screening. While using the fingerprint database results can be a valuable part of an extensive background check; this this white paper reviews why it’s crucial to recognize the imperfections in the system and why name-based searches should continue to be an essential part of any background check.