AL!VE August 2016 Newsletter
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Free Software?

Free Volunteer Management Software! AL!VE collaborates with Samaritan Technologies and Cabot Cheese
Exclusive AL!VE Member benefit!  If you are an AL!VE individual member and meet the qualifications, your agency can be granted access to Samaritan's #1 Rated Volunteer Management Software from which they can post opportunities to their page on  Opportunities are also cross-posted on as well as custom sites powered by Samaritan for their customers. Volunteers can return to any page on the Samaritan network to check their schedules, report hours and take surveys. Hours recorded on can be automatically shared with, a no-obligation recognition portal operated by the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.  To learn more about this generous free software offer exclusively for AL!VE members, visit our webpage.

Vote for a universal hashtag for our profession!

Elisa Kosarin, CVA

Help us find a universal hashtag for our profession!
If you are a volunteer manager, you may have noticed that we use a bewildering array of hashtags to describe our profession. Two CVAs, Liza Dyer and Elisa Kosarin (also an AL!VE member), decided to do something about this confusing slew of options. They reached out to  leading influencers in the field and asked them to help identify a universal hashtag for our profession.
Now, we are asking you, our volunteer manager colleagues, to help us narrow down the field and select one universal hashtag that we may all use when sharing information through Twitter or other social media.
Please take a moment to click on this link and vote on the hashtags. We have 18 possible choices (our influencers are a creative bunch). Vote for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place choices. The survey remains open until Friday, September 2.
The winner of the universal hashtag vote will be announced through Liza and Elisa's Twitter accounts, @lizaface and @THNonprofit, through AL!VE, and on the website on Tuesday, September 6.
Click here to vote:
Many thanks and happy voting!

Volunteer Manager Burnout -

Volunteer Manager Burnout research project

Melissa A. Heinlein Storti, Ph.D., MA, MS, CAVS asked AL!VE members to respond to a survey last year for research on her doctorate about volunteer manager burnout.  Thank you to those who responded!

Melissa has produced an executive summary about her research.  You can view the summary here, or on our website resource page.

Congratulations and thank you to Melissa for her efforts on this topic!


Three months to go until IVMDay!

Volunteer Management  One job.  Many hats.
Now is a great time to plan for OUR day, November 5!  Celebration and recognition breakfast?  Governor's Proclamation?  News release? Lots of terrific ideas on the IVM Day website.

From the Members of the Global IVMDay Committee  -

Aside from being a theme that we hope many people can have some fun with, it also reflects the multi-dimensional skill base that VM’s have to develop to be truly effective in their roles.
Further, it speaks a lot about how volunteer leadership is such a critical part of so many spheres of society.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be developing and releasing social media memes, posters and other tools that you can use to start to promote the day to your members and peers, but in the meantime, simply “Get Excited!”
Thanks again for all your support!


True or False: A Quick Guide to Understanding Journalism Ethics

Do you deal with the media in your volunteer program? 
True or false: I should expect to review a story about my organization before it is published.
Not sure how to respond or exactly how to answer a question?  Be pro-active and check out these 'true or false' tips at a great blog post by Kivi's NonProfit Communications Blog.

National Volunteer Program Faces Shutdown From Budget Cuts

Update!   We are pleased to report that the House Appropriations Committee has proposed level funding for SHIP for FY17.  More information can be found on the NCOA (National Council on Aging) website.


Hybrid Conference in Partnership with Better Impact Set for September 2016

Once upon a time begins with you...Re-imagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement
Final registration deadline September 2!

'Hybrid' Livestream Conference!
It's back!  AL!VE is pleased to partner again with Better Impact to provide another professional development opportunity.  A hybrid conference means the presenters come to you via live streaming.  You meet locally with your colleagues and interact virtually with the presenters.

This year's Hybrid Conference will be streamed from the Orlando, Florida area on September 12 Mountain time, September 13 Pacific time, and September 14 Central and Eastern. Conference presenters for the hybrid and in-person conference include Rob Jackson, Tobi Johnson, Elisa Kosarin, and Neal McCord.

For more information and to register, visit the Hybrid Conference site.

Sorry, due to low turnout the live conference has been cancelled.

Going for your CVA Certification in 2016?

You can take your CVA exam this year at AL!VE's & Better Impact conference in Orlando this September.  Attend the conference and take the exam as part of your session choices, or take the exam only (no charge to take the test, but you must have registered with CCVA first).  Either way, stay to network with your colleagues and attend our evening reception!  It's not too late to start studying!  
Receive a $35 discount on your CVA Professional Certification as an AL!VE member.
Details about earning your CVA on
CCVA's website.  Click here.

Group Member Networking Webinars scheduled for September, and November

If you are involved in a leadership role in your local volunteer managers association, group, or organization, AL!VE has planned quarterly networking  roundtables.  Designed specifically for discussing topics and ideas related to these groups.  The next two topics are:
September 20 - Marketing for more members
November 2 - Meeting topics that Members want

If you are an AL!VE Group member, we will be notifying you about these networking events soon.  Or, go to our claendar and sign up!  Have an idea for a networking topic?  Let us know.  We'd love to hear your ideas!

CyberVPM now managed by AL!VE

As of August 1, 2016 CyberVPM is now managed by AL!VE. is a moderated email list-serve discussion group with over 1,000 international members created in April of 2000. Debate the topic of the moment, share resources, get answers to your volunteer management questions and find a community of support for those challenges and triumphs unique to volunteer management.  Management and moderation will now be managed by AL!VE.  Current moderators are Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA, Kathryn Hampton, CVA, Gretchen Jordan, CVA and Jared McCannell, CVA. 

The views and advice posted by subscribers, as well as any links or other information, are not necessarily endorsed by CyberVPM or any of the organizations which subscribers represent. Individual posts are entirely the views and advice of the subscriber.

Sincere and warm thanks to Meghan Kaskoun, CVA (and longtime AL!VE member) as a founding member of CyberVPM and longtime list-serve owner and moderator.  We are all so very grateful for her stewardship of this useful networking and information resource. 

If you'd like to be a part of the CyberVPM list serve, send an email to

If you'd like to be part of the moderator group, send an email to


Welcome New Members!

Welcome to our new Group Member, Volunteer Knoxville!  Volunteer Knoxville is a regional volunteer center that connects volunteers to community organizations in the 25 Upper East Tennessee counties. The Partner Program equips community organizations with the tools needed to successfully engage volunteers. On an annual basis, community organizations renew their partnership and gain access to volunteer management resources.  To learn more about Volunteer Knoxville, visit their website.

New Individual Members since May of 2016:
arol  Ayars    Individual 05/05/16
Janis  Benn    Individual 05/05/16
Tricia  Miller  Girls on the Run NE Ohio  Individual 05/17/16
Jeff  Pal  Anderson Animal Shelter  Individual 05/20/16
Lillian  Nelson    Individual 05/25/16
Rebecca  Hermann  Vista Maria  Individual 06/16/16
Jessica  Miles    Individual 06/17/16
Melissa  Palmer  Individual 06/21/16
Andrea  Hill  Communities in Schools of Tennessee at Memphis  Individual 06/27/16
Ron  Zluticky  Johnson County Library  Individual 06/27/16
Patti  Jacques  Gifts For All God's Children  Individual 06/28/16
Gigi  Rolfes  Volunteer Macon  Individual 06/28/16
Kim  Soto  San Diego Humane Society  Individual 07/02/16
Mary Beth  Harrington  501C3   Individual 07/14/16
Alana  Knoppow  Hospice of Michigan  Individual 07/14/16
Lauren  Miheli  The Nature Conservancy  Individual 07/14/16
Megan  Vixie    Individual 07/14/16
Angie  Drier  Senior Neighbors - RSVP  Individual 07/25/16
Judy  Adams  Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. WA & AK  Individual 07/27/16
Holly  Payne  Covenant House Alaska  Individual

Have an event you'd like to share?

If you have a local, state, or national event you'd like to publicize, please feel free to add it to our calendar. 

From our home page, click on the calendar and you will see a link to add your own event.

Meetings, trainings, conferences or other pertinent events to Volunteer Managers are welcome.
Newsletter - AL!VE August 2016 Newsletter