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

Welcome to New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

Diane Burger

Rockbridge Area Occupational Center

Kate Ekman, CVA
Beach Cities Health District

Sogia Thach
Beach Cities Health District

Susan Wolford
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Rondot Michele
Alberta Health Services

Ben Bisbee
Rhinocorn Consulting

Ashley Rieser
Animal Friends

Kathleen McCleskey
KM Consulting & Training

Taylor Crotty
Food Forward

Carla Lehn
The Lehn Group

Meredith Donovan

Haley Nelson
The Salvation Army in the Midwest

Susan Reehl
WestArk RSVP

Colleen Fritsch
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Alexzandria Raugust
Yavapai Humane Society

Amanda Caruso-Yahne
Episcopal Community Services

Jennifer Sublett
US Forest Service

Lori Fuqua Gregory
The Colorado Teen Project

Mariann Eitzman

Tanja Schroeder
Fleet Science Center

Liza Dyer, CVA
Multnomah County Library

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Susan J. Ellis
Energize Inc.
Member Since: 06/05/2009

Shirley Conger
Member Since: 06/07/2009

Gretchen Jordan
Member Since: 06/08/2009

Paula J. Beugen
Member Since: 07/23/2009

Tony Goodrow
Better Impact
Member Since: 08/06/2009

Shelly McAlpin, CVA
Serve Wyoming
Member Since: 08/11/2009

Jason Frenzel, CVA
Huron River Watershed Council
Member Since: 08/25/2009

Gregory Baldwin
Member Since: 10/15/2009

Beverly Hill
Girl Scouts of Green and White Mountains
Member Since: 07/07/2010

Donna Martin MAET, CVA
Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
Member Since: 06/27/2011

Anne Strauch, CVA
Goodwill NCW
Member Since: 07/07/2011

Bob Reeg
American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters
Member Since: 07/21/2012

Patricia Guerrero
Best Friends Animal Society
Member Since: 06/28/2013

Jan Hathaway
United Way of Marion County
Member Since: 08/30/2013

Anthony Richardson
United Way of the Inland Valleys
Member Since: 06/03/2014

Sharon Zeppegno
Food Bank of Contra Costa County and Solano
Member Since: 01/05/2015

Linda Llewellyn
Celebrate Volunteers
Member Since: 05/21/2015

Kathy Perun
St. Joseph's Villa
Member Since: 06/24/2015

Corina Sadler, CVA
City of Plano
Member Since: 07/02/2015

Megan Vixie, CVA
Beach Cities Health District
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Mindy Rupley
The Marine Mammal Center
Member Since: 07/26/2016

Jessica Trump
Corning Museum of Glass
Member Since: 08/15/2016

Keith Martucci
The Baltimore Station
Member Since: 08/25/2016

Stacie Moody
Union Station Kansas City
Member Since: 09/28/2016

Volunteer Knoxville
Group Member Since: 11/17/2016

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.

World Humanitarian Day
August 19, 2017
Annual event to "pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world." While volunteers are not specifically mentioned, there is no reason why unpaid humanitarians cannot be recognized alongside paid ones.

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.

Fun Resource: National Day Calendar

Did you know August 24th is National Waffle day? Surprise your volunteers with a thank you breakfast for all their support and dedication to your programs!

If you're looking for a fun or unique way to create a recruitment message, recognition event, or to celebrate just for you, check out this fun resource! 

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! They track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

Visit for more information.

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A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA


The National Summit on Volunteer Engagement and Leadership was AMAZING

Put on by a (nearly all volunteer) team of national and local leaders, hosting over 500 practitioners from 33 states and 3 countries, with over 100 breakout sessions, with tracks focusing on Capacity Building, Core Competencies, Diversifying Engagement, Funders, Impact and Evaluation, Positioning our Profession, Professional Development, and National Strategies for moving us forward. ALL focused on volunteer management.

ALIVE will be hosting a webinar this Friday, August 11 to discuss the Summit, but here are my quick thoughts. First, I want to thank our board and members for taking leadership and supportive roles in the Summit. We helped develop the size and scope of the event and co-led in the creation and delivery of content. We had (roughly) 25 ALIVE members present, and delivered or assisted with 10 presentations.

Through the Summit it became increasingly apparent that ALIVE’s growth and support of our industry is critical. I’m happy to say that our current visioning process (please fill out this questionnaire if you have not yet) will allow ALIVE to evolve towards helping fill some of the most needed aspects in our industry. Details on ALIVE’s direction will be forthcoming over the coming months.

Through many, many hours of group process and critical thinking, here are the critical action areas identified at the Summit:

  • A broad coalition that will move our national agenda forward

  • Communications that align our movement

  • A next gathering (Summit 2018 or similar)

  • Research that supports practitioners and vice versa

  • A clear national vision

If you would like to be involved in any of these aspects, please let us know and we’ll put you in contact with the correct project facilitator. For a more full report out from the Summit, see:

I am exceptionally proud that ALIVE is in the right place in its evolution to help move some of these much needed projects forward. As our industry grows, I expect ALIVE will become much stronger, and thus more able to support your needs. Please join us and invite your peers to do so!

All my best,

Join Us for the Next AL!VE Academy

ALIVE Academy: A Recap of Points of Light NCVS & The National Summit Hosted by MAVA

Friday, August 11th
10-11am PST /1-2pm EST
via GoTo Meeting

Were you able to attend the National Conference on Volunteering in Service in June or The National Summit on Volunteer Engagement in July?

Join AL!VE President Jason Frenzel, CVA, and President-Elect Dana Litwin, CVA and AL!VE Association Manager Gretchen Jordan who will serve on this panel. Hear about their insights, experiences and some next steps from both of these national events.  If you did attend, do you have other feedback or questions?  We'd love to have you there as well!

Space is limited. Register here.

Announcing AL!VE Partnership with VolunteerMatch

AL!VE and VolunteerMatch ( have partnered together to best support its members engaging volunteers and supporting professional development. VolunteerMatchconnects millions of people with a great place to volunteer and has helped tens of thousands of organizations better leverage volunteers to create real impact.

We are also excited to offer AL!VE members a 15% discount for a premium VolunteerMatch subscription. Enter promo code FeelinAL!VE when joining.

Learn more about how we plan to partner together in AL!VE board member Dana Litwin's guest blog post on VolunteerMatch, aptly titled "5 Reasons VolunteerMatch and AL!VE are a Volunteer(Match) Made in Heaven."

Call for Nominations for AL!VE Board of Directors Opens August 24th

The Call for Nominations for AL!VE Board of Directors is open August 24th and we are seeking candidates who have a passion for volunteer engagement and the growth and success of the profession. With many new initiatives on the horizon, AL!VE needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors.

Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals throughout the country. The volunteer commitment is an average of 15 hours per month. Individuals may nominate themselves or a colleague.  
Our 2018 slate will consist of new board members chosen from those who apply and current board members seeking a second term. We welcome nominations from all regions, with an immediate need of representation from the following regions: Mountain, Upper West, Atlantic and South East.  View a map of the regional representations here.

The nomination process is open August 24th through October 16th, 2017.  The schedule for nominations and elections is as follows:

  • Nomination Opens: Thursday, August 24th, 2017

  • Nomination Deadline: Monday, October 16th, 2017

  • Candidate Phone Interviews: October 17th-31st , 2017

  • Slate Announced: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

  • Voting Opens: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

  • Voting Closes: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

  • Election Results Announced: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

  • New Board Orientation: December 2017

  • Board Term Begins: Monday, January 1st, 2018

We are asking you to serve. Please share your professional knowledge, expertise, and passion to help us craft and forge the future of the profession. This is an exciting time to join the leadership of AL!VE and help us map our ambitious future. To learn more or apply, visit the 2018 Board Nomination webpage.

SPECIAL WEBINAR: Getting to Yes!


Getting to Yes! How to Get Your Budget Approved for Volunteer Management Training & Coaching

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
11am-Noon (PST) / 2-3pm (EST)
Offered by VolunteerPro via Webinar
Cost: $20 (AL!VE Members) / $30 (Non-Members)
To register, click here.

You know that ongoing training will help you be a better leader, but your boss just won’t approve the expense. In fact, they won’t even include professional development in your budget. What can you do? It’s going to take some skilled negotiation to get your training and support budget approved. But, we are confident you can do it! In this webinar, we will show you how! Join Tobi Johnson of Tobi Johnson & Associates and VolunteerPro as she hosts this fundraiser for AL!VE.

UPDATE: Take The Leap Hybrid Conference

A virtual 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!

Session Topics
Overcoming the Challenges in Change  |  Change in Society
Change in Organizations  |  Change in Your Professional Career

Would you like to host a local event?
Click here to learn how it all works and to register.

Would you like to attend an event?
Check the event website and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what groups are hosting locations and register through that group.

Contact Gretchen Jordan, AL!VE Association Manager.

Hear from presenter Andy Fryar as he gives you a sneak preview of what's to come!


Disney Parks Launches Ticket Donation Program for Family Volunteering Opportunities

At the National Conference for Volunteering and Service, Disney Parks announced their partnership with Points of Light to launch a new complimentary ticket program that rewards nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. with Disney theme park tickets for hosting - or participating in - family volunteering activities.

This program is part of Points of Light’s effort to encourage more families to volunteer together and build on Family Volunteer Day, which is an 11-year partnership with Disney.

Sign up to learn more about the pilot program set to roll out Fall 2017 and be one of the first organizations to participate!

JUST RELEASED: Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle E-book

Verified Volunteers (in partnership with JFFixler Group) is offering a free e-book on how to more effectively manage the entire lifecycle of a volunteer in your organization.

In "Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle," you'll learn how to:

  • Better develop and define volunteer positions so both your organization and your volunteers benefit

  • Get the right people in the right volunteer roles, and set volunteers up for success with proper training and support

  • Keep volunteers engaged by clearly communicating volunteer impact and outcomes

Click here to download a copy of this free e-book (that's right, we said FREE!).

Check out other free resources about screening best practices on Verified Volunteers Free Downloads page.

Resource: Nonprofit Pro

NonProfit PRO is the go-to source of nonprofit management and strategy. Developed by thought leaders and innovators, they cover topics ranging from human resources, fundraising, board and volunteer management to technology, news and legal matters.Get the magazine, peruse the website or sign up for the daily e-newsletter.

Check out NonProfit PRO's Volunteer Leadership section for information on how to lead volunteers effectively here. Their latest post "Volunteer Handbooks:Essential Tools for Volunteer Development" provides a detailed outline of all the important sections to include in a volunteer handbook.

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