Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

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November 2019

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2020 Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference - Managing Risk - Presented by AL!VE - Better Impact - VMPC Oct 20 & 21, 2020 - Informational Mailing list
10/20/20 - 10/21/20
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Events in the next 45 days...
Volunteer Management Progress Report Survey ends 11/21

 If you lead volunteers or volunteer organizations, please add your voice to the fifth annual, global, “state-of- industry” survey for leaders of volunteers, this year dubbed “Benchmarking.”
The deadline is November 21, 2019, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. As a bonus, everyone who participates will get an invite to a free, exclusive webinar presented by VolunteerPro on January 9, 2020.
All types and sizes of nonprofits, public sector organizations, and businesses are welcome to participate. Please share with your colleagues. The more responses, the better we can advocate for respect and resources.

This year’s theme is “Benchmarking.”  We’ll be diving deeper into some key themes, such as ...
·         Top challenges for leaders of volunteers 
·         Training requirements for volunteers
·         Current capacity levels of volunteer organizations
·         Average ratio of volunteers to direct supervisor
·         Technology use and trends
·         Salary & budget trends, cross tabbed by agency characteristics
·         And more ...

Link to the Survey:

VolunteerPro: Volunteer Supervision & Teambuilding: Training Staff to Inspire Success

This is a fee based training presented by VolunteerPro.  To learn more, visit their website.

VolunteerMatch: Engaging the Volunteer of the Future

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

November AL!VE Academy, Nov 15 @ 1 PM E: Practice & Research presented by Erin Spink & Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA

Practice & Research - Have you ever wondered about what research has been done about volunteers and best practices for leaders of volunteers? Join us for a lively, interactive discussion on the landscape of volunteer engagement-related research, why you should consider integrating research into your practice and where to go for resources. Presenters Emilie Bromet-Bauer and Erin Spink will share information and ideas you can put into place immediately and things to consider for the future- Ph.D not required! Don't miss out!

About our Presenters: 

Erin Spink, MA  

Erin Spink’s interest in volunteers started at the age of six when she pronounced that while it was wrong to eat animals, hamburgers at McDonald’s came from “volunteer cows” and therefore an exception could be made.

Fascinated by the subject, she completed a Certificate with Distinction in Volunteer Program Management, followed by an M.A. (Leadership) where she submitted the first-ever academic research quantifying the concept of “volunteer engagement”. Spink’s academic and thought- leadership work has since been published around the world. Erin had the honour of serving on the Board for PAVRO for five years, including two as President, during which she lead the association to sit at key decision-making tables such as presenting to the Ontario Minister for Economic

Development. For the last several years, Erin has volunteered as the Training Designs Editor for e-Volunteerism. Recently, Erin was recognized with the 2017 recipient of the Linda Buchanan Outstanding Leader of Volunteers award for her contributions to the profession. After 20 years working in Volunteer Engagement, she has changed her mind and no longer believes in eating volunteers.

Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA, MA

Emilie has over 30 years experience leading volunteer engagement and developing volunteer management systems for organizations in a variety of industries. She served on the board of AL!VE for nine years and continues to volunteer as a member of AL!VE's Program and Advocacy Committee. She helped develop NAVE, the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement, and participates in NAVE's Research and Accreditation workgroup. Currently, Emilie stays involved in the field through writing, coaching, and consulting. In her work, Emilie promotes the application of research and critical thinking to the practice of volunteer management, organizational development, civic engagement, and social change. She believes in the transformative power of volunteering for the volunteer, organization, and society, and the role of the volunteer engagement leader in facilitating this transformation. 

AL!VE Annual Meeting

AL!VE will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 2 pm Eastern time.


Results of Board Elections
Introductions of 2020 Officers
President's Report
Treasurer's Report
VP of Marketing Report
VP of Membership Report
VP of Programs & Advocacy Report
Association Manager Report
President Elect - 2020 Goals and Objectives
New Business

The Annual meeting is open to AL!VE members with a full membership.

AL!VE Board of Directors Meeting

Per the AL!VE Bylaws, AL!VE Members are invited to the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors.  To attend, 

Topic: Board Meeting
Time: Aug 15, 2019 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every month on the Third Thu, until Dec 19, 2019, 5 occurrence(s)
        Aug 15, 2019 03:00 PM
        Sep 19, 2019 03:00 PM
        Oct 17, 2019 03:00 PM
        Nov 21, 2019 03:00 PM
        Dec 19, 2019 03:00 PM

To attend, click on the link to join the meeting.  

VolunteerMatch: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

December AL!VE Academy: Leading With, and For, Compassion presented by Leah Thibodeaux

Leading With, and For, Compassion

Description and learning objectives of your presentation: 
If you’re leading volunteers, you’re leading helpers. Helpers typically begin their service with great energy, diligence, and care. In time, however, we may notice a change in a volunteer’s attitude and overall demeanor. Are they bored? Not engaged? Do they need more snacks in the break room? Or, could it be something much more serious? 

Repeatedly working with people in need can, in time, leave us feeling cynical and apathetic. Whether it's our coworkers, volunteers, or the people we serve, there may be times that we find ourselves not acting as generously as we'd like. We may claim to be a compassionate bunch, yet our thoughts, words, and deeds might not match this perception we have of ourselves. As leaders of volunteers, we have a unique opportunity to bring awareness to this dichotomy and bring compassion back to the core of our organization’s culture.

Leading with compassion is known to improve innovation, quality, collaboration, retention, adaptability to change, and engagement. Join our discussion in which we’ll examine the building blocks of compassion competence throughout our organizations, and what we can do to personally cultivate compassion in our lives.

About the Presenter:   

Leah is the Volunteer Program Manager at St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, WI. There she leads more than 300 volunteers in their mission of fighting hunger and sustaining hope. As the president of Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association, Leah connects with and supports her colleagues from across the state. 

A leader in volunteer engagement, Leah is passionate about connecting volunteers to the bigger picture of their work. She recognizes volunteerism as daily acts of compassion and strives to make people aware of their inherently compassionate nature. Also known as The Compassion Coach, Leah provides training on compassion fatigue, leading with and for compassion, and compassion for self. As a certified Catalyst Coach, she provides individual coaching for people moved to explore the material on a more personal level.


VolunteerMatch: Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers In New Ways

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

VolunteerPro: How to Set Key Outcome Metrics to Track Volunteer Impact

This is a fee based training presented by VolunteerPro.  To learn more, visit their website.

VolunteerMatch: Citywide Volunteer Engagement - Why, How and Where to Begin

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

VolunteerMatch: Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

VolunteerPro: Keeping You Sane: Priorities and Productivity Tips for Volunteer Managers

This is a fee based training presented by VolunteerPro.  To learn more, visit their website.

VolunteerMatch: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program

This is a free webinar presented by our partner VolunteerMatch.  For more information and to register, visit their webinar page.

Coming Soon...
AL!VE Academy Partner Webinar: Finding the right questions to get the right answers for recruiting volunteers! Presented by VSys One

Volunteer leadership is a challenging and rewarding career field. Until you are in the role, you cannot completely comprehend what it is, and your role continually changes. Volunteer leaders are both a mystery and a phenomenon. Navigating the role and the “loose expectations” is often left up to you, the volunteer leader. You are often allowed to define your role and expected to produce proof you are succeeding. If we don’t ask the right questions, we will never get the right answers. This very brief “tour of the volunteer process” seeks to ask if you can communicate to your community the true impact your volunteers provide. This is an opportunity to look beyond the age-old questions typically asked of volunteer leaders: ï‚· How many volunteers did you have last year? ï‚· And how many hours did they serve? Volunteering is about people, the mission and impact this partnership has on a community. Volunteer leaders should be able to tell the story. Discover how you can tell your success story and be able to impact real decision-making in your organization!

About the presenter:
Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki, B.A. Solutions Specialist VSys One by Bespoke Software

Sharing my passion for volunteerism, I help organizations and volunteer resource leaders with seamless technology tools to start, manage, evaluate and grow your unique volunteer program’s success. With 14 years of service as a Volunteer Services Director and proficiency in streamlining processes, I can help you tell the story of how volunteers impact your organization and community. A University of Michigan graduate, with 30 years of experience in both non-profit and global for-profit business sectors, it is a privilege to help empower you to exceed your goals regardless of your industry, size and geography.

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