AL!VE Newsletter: June 2017
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

What do you think? Survey Opportunity

Erin Spink,  a VE professional in Canada is currently conducting research exploring the links between the political landscape and volunteer involvement. She would appreciate input from ALIVE  members. If you have other colleagues, please share with them as well!

What does the political landscape have to do with volunteerism? With your help, we can find out! Join peers from across the globe to contribute to ground-breaking research to help the first ever study investigating what links exist, in today’s political climate, between what’s happening at the polls and volunteer behaviour. Take the survey today and share your organization’s recent experience and help us determine trends, connections and other insights. 

To take the survey, click here: http://

Survey results will be presented in future newsletters.

JOIN US: AL!VE Member Webinar August 2

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  Find out what's happening or get a quick fix of networking with your peers.  The first 30 minutes include a short presentation about AL!VE, your membership benefits, and how-to's.  The next 30 minutes are an open discussion about any topic relating to managing volunteers or programs!

Join us on August 2 @ 9 PST/ Noon EST.  Register here.

AL!VE at Local Events

We're pleased to have representatives of AL!VE attend at the events listed below.  If you are attending one of these, look for us!  We're happy to connect with you.  Interested in an AL!VE representative at your conference, meeting, or gathering?  Contact us!
National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS)
Seattle, WA  June 19-21
National Summit of Volunteer Engagement Leadership (MAVA)
St Paul, MN  July 26-28
SAVMA (Southern Arizona Volunteer Managers Association
Tuscon, AZ March 18
Sacramento DOVIA
Sacramento, CA April 12

Welcome to New AL!VE Members!

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members!

Roxanne Andrews
Greta Bailey
Kristin Kaplan
Sherry Rosenfeld
Susan O'Sullivan
Lori Rohleder
Cynthia Saxton
Tamara Wewetzer

And our newest DOVIA Group member:

SAVMA - Tuscon, AZ

Upcoming Days of Service

Listed below are upcoming recognized days of service within the next couple of months.  This may be a great opportunity for your organization to host service projects.

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11, 2017
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. 

Question? Contact Us!

We are here for you!  If you have a question, recommendation or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Or visit our website at

HIGHLIGHT: Summit on Volunteerism Sessions from AL!VE Board Members

Going to the National Summit, convened by MAVA, July 26-28, 2017 ?

Registrations still open for this important convening of your peers.  Educational and National Strategy Sessions still open!  To Learn more and register, visit the Summit site.

Check out these presentations at the Summit from our AL!VE Board Members:

Breakout Session 3: Carve Your  Own Path (Positioning the Profession track)
Thursday July 27th, 8:30am-10am  Dana Litwin, CVA, Volunteer Programs Administrator | Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley
An inspiring personal story with practical examples and exercises of how to advocate for and grow your volunteer administration position and department even in the most rigid of structures; a government agency.

Breakout Session 5: Cultivating Emerging Leaders (National Strategy track)
Thursday July 27th 2:15pm-3:45pm  Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager, Education and Training | VolunteerMatch  Dana Litwin, CVA, Assisting  National Strategy: Cultivating Emerging Leaders
Every field of professional work needs thought-leaders, teachers and mentors. For a field to stay relevant new leaders must continually emerge, but there are barriers that can hinder this transition.  Join this interactive session to identify related challenges and potential solutions for ensuring our collective future by encouraging and supporting emergent leaders.

Sign up before you show up! (Volunteer Management in times of Disaster)
Jared McCannell, CVA Volunteer Management Coordinator – Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Disasters often bring out the very best in humanity—during a crisis it is in our nature to help one another. Unfortunately poor planning can derail even the most well intentioned volunteer response during a crisis. This session offers insight to help manage responding volunteers during a disaster (regardless of affiliation or background).

Strengthening Local Networks - National Strategy Track
Maximizing Collaboration at the National Level - National Strategy Track

AL!VE Association Manager, Gretchen Jordan, CVA, will be assisting for  the Strengthening Local Networks session and on the Panel for the Maximizing Local Networks session.

A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA

Greetings !

On the eve of the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service in Seattle as well as the National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership in St Paul, ALIVE is celebrating our increasing capacity to represent our industry. Having spent the last few years building infrastructure, we’ve been focusing lately on increasing our partnerships throughout the sector (look for a more detailed report on partnerships in coming months).

For the past two years ALIVE has been helping plan both NCVS and the Summit, building bridges with both Points of Light and the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration. Being involved in these events will help all our organizations and practitioners by increasing interconnectivity, bringing representation from more geographies, and directly representing more volunteer managers at the table. ALIVE board members will be giving multiple presentations at both events – please stop in!

While I’m talking about conferences, make sure to put ALIVE and Better Impact’s Hybrid Conference on your calendar – October 24 (Pacific/Mountain) and 25 (Central/Eastern). Our aim in being involved in these events is to represent your needs – bringing you more options for training and development. Please let us know if you have any ideas how we can do this better!

All my best,

ANNOUNCING: 2017 Better Impact & Alive Hybrid Conference


October 24 (Pacific & Mountain)
October 25 (Atlantic & Central)

Hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA
Session Topics & Speakers:
Barbara Harrington, Sponsorships Plus : Overcoming the Challenges in Change
Carol Dixon, Providence Health Care:  Navigating Organizational Change
Andy Fryar, OzVPM: Change in Your Professional Career
Erin Spink, Spinktank:  The Pending Changes in Society
A hybrid conference means a local group (e.g., DOVIA, Volunteer Association or agency) live streams our presenters to their participants.  AL!VE arranges for the speakers, handouts and content.  The group pays a connection fee, arranges for the meeting space, meals, etc., local facilitator, and determines the local cost per person.  The group keeps the proceeds!  We are pleased to partner with Better Impact and the VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada) to make this an international conference!
Broadcasting October 24 for Pacific (9-4) and Mountain (10-5) Time Zones
October 25 for Central (9-4), Eastern, (10-5) and Atlantic (11-6)
(same content occurs both days).

Would you like to host a local event?
Local AVAs, DOVIAs, Volunteer Centers or organizations with multiple volunteer management staff are all invited to participate.  International speakers are presenting to you, locally !
The basic requirements for hosting include:

  • Register on the AL!VE website and pay the conference hosting fee ($550 or $500 for AL!VE members)

  • Securing a venue that can support the audio/visual and internet requirements

  • Organizing refreshments an option for lunch (it can be brown bag if your venue allows it)

  • Running your own registration process (the fees you charge are your own)

  • Providing a host for the day who will be trained in advance to interact with the local participants

For more information, visit
Attend an informational webinar June 27, July 7, July 10, July 20, or August 3 to learn more.  To sign up, visit our calendar.
To register as a host site  :  Visit 

Register now to reserve your spot!  Connection fee due by August 31.

Questions?  Contact Gretchen Jordan, AL!VE Association Manager

Ask your CEO!

MAVA (Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators) has asked AL!VE to pass along to our membership:

Ground-breaking new research underway- We need you to ask the head of your organization to complete this survey:
We need the head of your organization to spend 10 minutes completing a survey to examine how CEOS recruit, support and resource four key staff positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations and how  volunteer engagement professionals compare to  the three other key positions.  Please pass this link along to the head of your organization: .  We ask that the survey be completed by June 26, 2017.
For questions or to obtain a PDF copy of the survey, please contact Karmit Bulman at

AL!VE Member Benefit: Free Volunteer Management Software

In collaboration with Samaritan Technologies and Cabot Cheese, AL!VE presents an 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 and see if your organization qualifies for this generous free software offer exclusively for AL!VE members, visit our webpage.

GIVE TO AL!VE: Several Ways to Donate

AL!VE is dedicated to keeping membership fees low and exercising various funding avenues to enrich our membership offerings.  Here are ways to help AL!VE continue its great services to our profession:

Double Your Donation to AL!VE.  Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!  Check with your employer or Human Resources Department to see if you qualify.

Find AL!VE as a charitable option when you sell or shop on eBay or purchase your next items on Amazon!

For eBay for Charity, click here for instructions on how to donate or have a percentage of what you sell on eBay go directly to AL!VE.

For Amazon Smile, add AL!VE to your account so when you purchase certain items, a percentage of that purchase can go directly to ALIVE. To learn more about the program, click here. To select AL!VE as your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a AL!VE as your charity to support

For any questions about these programs, contact us at

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