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

2017 Volunteer Management Progress Report Coming Soon!

Tobi Johnson & Associates launched a national survey in 2016 to our profession.  Last year, an impressive 944 volunteer management professionals completed this “state of the industry” survey top to bottom. The resulting 39-page report painted an intriguing picture of their job structure, salary, satisfaction, and volunteer administration tactics. 
The 2017 Survey opens soon; be sure your voice is heard!  If you participated last year,



Group Member Networking Webinars scheduled for 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 last topic for 2016 is:
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 calendar and sign up!  We will preview and discuss 2017 topics at the November webinar.  Have an idea for a networking topic?  Let us know.  We'd love to hear your ideas!

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.

Member notice: Bylaw Revision

Your AL!VE Board of Directors is revising the Association's bylaws (last revised in 2010). Members will have a chance to review the proposed changes before voting on them.  Watch for an email soon to review and vote.

NCVS Announces Call for Presenters

Points of Light is calling for Conference workshop proposals focused on replicable strategies for engaging volunteers in local problem-solving, capacity building for community organizations, innovative technology for social good, and more. The 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will be held June 19-21 in Seattle, Washington, is looking for innovators and influencers to take part in this exclusive learning environment.  For more information, visit their site.

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.

Universal Hashtag Winners!

Elisa Kosarin, CVA

Remember back in August when Liza Dyer and I launched The Quest for the Universal Hashtag?  We wanted to identify one singular hashtag that would stand out from the crowd of sometimes-random tags currently used to communicate about volunteer management.

We asked a group of influencers in our field to nominate tags (a total of 19 in all – we are a creative bunch) and set up a survey so that our community could vote for that one special tag.

The response was terrific: one month later, 337 volunteer managers had heeded the call and placed votes for their first, second, and third choice tags – the ones they felt best represented our profession.

The result?


Looming Overtime Law Challenged

Follow up from our newsletter article in July about the new overtime pay rule that takes effect this December, from the Wall Street Journal:

Group of 21 States Sues U.S. Over New Overtime-Pay Rule
Suit wants to block regulation that would qualify millions more for overtime pay starting in December

Twenty-one states and a coalition of more than 50 business groups filed separate lawsuits Tuesday seeking to overturn a sweeping federal regulation designed to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay starting in December, a step the Obama administration considers one of its signature workplace achievements.
Attorneys general in Texas and Nevada filed their lawsuit on behalf of their states and 19 others, arguing the Labor Department rule violates the U.S. Constitution and exceeds congressional authority. 



Seven weeks 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!


Hybrid & Live Conference in Partnership with Better Impact A Success!

Once upon a time begins with you...Re-imagining the Future of Volunteer Engagement

Thirteen remote sites in the United States and Canada with over 300 participants enjoyed insightful presentations by our presenters.  

Rob Jackson spoke of advancing your career and many ideas to do so;  

Tobi Johnson presented how to use brain research to improve ways you recruit, train, and manage volunteers;

Elisa Kosarin walked us through
forming a personal vision statement and advocacy; 

and Neal McCord told his stories of how
customer service vs. courtesy is so important
when working with volunteers. 

Thanks to our partner Better Impact for providing the technical support to provide this live-stream professional development event.  We were lucky to be given a 'thumbs up' by Mickey himself!  Pictured below were some attendees from the Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers.

We will be setting a date soon for 2017 - you'll be able to reserve a spot and plan ahead for your area soon!

AL!VE Board Nominations Extended to October 7

Extended to October 7!  You may nominate yourself or a colleague to serve a three year term on AL!VE's board of directors.  Candidate Phone Interviews are scheduled for the month of October with the official slate announcement on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Voting is scheduled to open Monday, November 7th and the new board members will be introduced at our Annual Meeting on December 7, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit our website.

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to our new Group Members!

MAVA (Minnesota Association of Volunteer Networks) -Karmit Bulman
Atlanta Community Food Bank - Gina Harris
The Corning Museum of Glass - Jessica Trump

New Individual Members since July of 2016:

Holly Payne, Anchorage, AK
Megan Holland, Mahomet, IL
Lisa Williams, Millville, NJ
Jonathan Schultz, Tulsa, OK
Taryn Anthony, Fairfax, VA
Amanda Dunlap, Virginia Beach, VA


Tennessee AL!VE Member Receives National Award

AL!VE Member Andrea Hill, CVA, Program Manager of the Communities in Schools of Tennessee at Memphis received the NULYP Honors: Heroes in the Movement Award from the National Urban League Young Professional during the Heroes In the Movement Awards Luncheon on August 6.  Andrea received this award because of her passion and commitment to empowering communities and changing lives through my work in volunteerism, philanthropy, and youth development. The awards luncheon was a part of the National Urban League's conference which was held in Baltimore, MD. 

Andrea let us know "I am honored to receive this award. I have never done my work to receive an award, but it is truly a blessing to see that my work has been recognized in this way."


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

Newsletter - AL!VE October 2016 Newsletter