AL!VE Newsletter: April 2018
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA



AL!VE has been busy putting together some great programming for all our members.  We hope that you engage with us through the many opportunities we have posed to you throughout the last couple of months, and we look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming conferences!  If you are planning on attending the National Conference on Volunteering & Service this June in Atlanta, please attend our happy hour! We would love to network with you and see how AL!VE can continue to support your professional development. Check out the newsletter for more details, as well as some awesome upcoming webinars with some of our partners. Hopefully we will connect with you soon!

All my best,

UPDATE: By-Laws Changes

The AL!VE Board of Directors proposed three bylaw changes which need to be voted on by the AL!VE membership by March 31st, 2018.

Unfortunately, the proposed revisions did not pass, so we will continue to operate under our 2010 bylaws. Thank you to those who voted.

Additionally we’d like to thank Past President Beth Whitmire for managing the revision and voting process. We will try to have another vote later this year.

Upcoming Conferences & Partner Webinars

To register, click on the title webinar name below or visit our calendar.

Volunteer Match: Playing by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
04/12/2018 (free)

VolunteerPro: Volunteer and Board Appreciation on a Shoestring - How to Recognize and Inspire Deeper Commitment to Your Cause
04/18/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerMatch: Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement
04/18/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions
04/19/2018 (free)

VolunteerPro: How to Go Big With Skills-based & Pro Bono Volunteers
04/25/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerPro: Volunteer and Board Appreciation on a Shoestring - How to Recognize and Inspire Deeper Commitment to Your Cause
04/26/2018 (fee-based)

2018 Texas Volunteer Management Conference
05/03/2018- 05/04/2018

VolunteerMatch: Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement
05/08/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Put Volunteer Groups to Work
05/09/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes
05/10/2018 (free)

AL!VE Exclusive Member Benefit: Free Volunteer Management Software!
05/15/2018 (free)

Volunteer Match: Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways
05/15/2018 (free)

NCAVA Annual Statewide Conference on Volunteerism
05/16/2018- 05/18/2018

VolunteerMatch: Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities
05/17/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
05/22/2018 (free)

Service Unites, powered by Points of Light
06/18/2018- 06/20/2018

Welcome New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

Terisa Cunha
Forest Park Christian Church

Kristen Volpone
The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command

Lauren Finke
Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley

Colleen Maguire
American Nurses Credentialing Center

Kathleen McCrea
DPR Construction

Sara Lorenzen
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Sue Prochazka
United Way of the Great River Region

Angela Williamson
Hagley Museum & Library

Sabrina Morelli
American Wind Energy Association

Bonnie Davis
Snowline Hospice

Angela Determan
Mason City, Iowa

Megan Cadle
Give Kids The World

Dee Dee Martin
Give Kids The World

Shannon Ryan
Give Kids The World

Mandy Lee
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

Jennifer Bateman
Network of Volunteer Administrators - Peoria, IL

Heather Placko
Network of Volunteer Administrators - Peoria, IL

Lindsay Kelso
Network of Volunteer Administrators - Peoria, IL

Lindsey Reck
Network of Volunteer Administrators - Peoria, IL

Kasey Tunell
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Stacey Luhring, CVA
Member Since: 11/23/2009

Brian Probst, CVA
Member Since: 02/08/2010

Jennifer Dunham
Member Since: 02/17/2010

Elizabeth Whitmire
Member Since: 11/24/2010

Dana Litwin, CVA
Member Since: 01/27/2012

Elisa Kosarin
Member Since: 01/19/2015

Vicki Kaffenberger
Member Since: 09/25/2015

Sandy Schneider
Member Since: 09/25/2015

Annie Laubernds
Member Since: 01/28/2016

Jennifer Thompson
Member Since: 03/04/2016

Ron Zluticky
Member Since: 06/27/2016

Karmit Bulman
Member Since: 03/06/2017

Sara Curtis
Member Since: 03/12/2017

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

Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

April 15th - 21st, 2018

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Plan or attend an event to celebrate the impact of volunteers in your community, and inspire others to serve.

National Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.

Are you ready to celebrate your volunteers?

Check out Points of Light website for ideas and marketing materials.

Join Us in Atlanta for Happy Hour!

ATL Happy Hour
Monday, June 18th, 2018, from 6-9pm
Meehan's Public House (200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303)

Hosted by AL!VE and Better Impact
in partnership with Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Atlanta (COVA) and Georgia Association for Volunteer Administration (GAVA)

Attending the National Conference for Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, Georgia this June?

You're invited to a night of social networking, raffle prizes and fun with fellow volunteer engagement professionals. Snacks will be offered to all attending and free drink tickets will be provided to AL!VE members that register in advance.

Register here no later than Monday, June 11th.

See You There!

Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities

AL!VE & MAVA Partner Webinar

Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
9am (PST) / Noon (EST)
Cost: $20 (AL!VE & MAVA members) / $35 (non-members)


Many nonprofit and government organizations struggle to engage a volunteer pool that reflects the  racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. For the past year, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has embarked on an initiative aimed at learning why this problem exists and identifying practical solutions to help civic-minded programs recruit and retain volunteers from diverse communities. Please join MAVA and AL!VE for a co-hosted webinar presenting 8 research-based strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. 

To register, click here.



MAVA Conference
June 6th-8th, 2018 (St. Paul, MN)

A Note from MAVA Conference Chair Garrett Zaffke:
Our committee has been working very hard to bring you a compelling and fun summer event of networking and learning with some of the brightest minds in the industry. We have some great speakers from around the world who will be highlighting this event as well as a Major League Baseball game and good BBQ. We also will be showing a highly anticipated performance by T2PT, a wonderful improv comedy act that loves to poke fun at public policy. Boy, sounds like a picturesque summer indeed.

But you are not attending the conference just for the atmosphere; you are looking to develop yourself, to take the next step and unlock the doors of opportunity that await you. The 2018 MAVA’s Conference is a great investment on yourself and your organization to do just that. You will be able to grow in your strengths, find new ways of doing the same old thing, hear about and discuss the most current issues and topics, as well as network and build lasting partnerships and friendships with your peers.

Registration is open for the conference; we would love to have you join us.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the field, there is something for everyone at the 2018 MAVA Conference. So go on and take your next step with us!

Conflict Management Addressed in Latest Issue of IJOVA

How do you resolve conflict within volunteer programs?

In the latest issue of the International Journal of Volunteer Administration (IJOVA) , Washington State University Extension implemented a system to handle just that, identifying what conflict is, how it should be addressed and next steps for the future. Properly managed volunteer conflict in these volunteer programs has had a positive impact on the organization's image, the ability to achieve programmatic outcomes, recruitment and retention of volunteers, and ultimately fulfilling the mission of the organization.

IJOVA is now an open-sourced resource for volunteer engagement professionals. Current as well as all past issues are now available on AL!VE’s website. 

Click here to view all journals from IJOVA on our website.

Happy Birthday to VolunteerMatch!


AL!VE wishes VolunteerMatch a Happy 20th Birthday!  We recently partnered with VolunteerMatch to present a webinar "In a recruitment rut?  Steps to up your tech game" and can be viewed here.   Watch a video recording of this webinar, share best practices with your network, and download a copy of the slides.


Did you know? 
AL!VE members enjoy a 15% discount for a premium VolunteerMatch subscription. Enter promo code 
FeelinAL!VE when joining.

Next AL!VE Roundtable for Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals

Revitalizing Your Local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
9am (PST) / Noon (EST)
via GoToMeeting

Every association has had the ups and downs. We will discuss practical solutions and ways to get local, regional, or national support. After a short presentation, all attendees can share how they have had solved challenges or ask the group for suggestions.  AL!VE will also present our future plans to create an Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals handbook full of resources, examples, and templates for starting, managing, or revitalizing a local association.

To attend this event, please register here.

!VE hosts a quarterly roundtable discussion for Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals.  We will share successes, challenges, resources, templates and information.  These discussions are meant for board of directors or leadership in these local associations, not individual AL!VE members.

Speakers Announced: AL!VE & Better Impact Hybrid Conference

Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day
October 23rd or 24th, 2018

Connect with other volunteer engagement professionals during this live-stream conference across North America as remote sites all over the United States and Canada learn locally from national presenters. This event will be presented in a ‘Ted Talks meets Late Night Talk Show’ format, with the opportunity to discuss the speaker's presentation within your local group and pose questions for the panel of presenters.  

Join our awesome line up of speakers and learn how to move from managing to leading!

Our Featured Speakers:

Heidi Jakop
Volunteer Engagement, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bioedel Conservatory in British Columbia
Presentation: Leading from Behind

Beth Steinhorn
President of VQ Strategies
Presentation: Getting a Seat at the Table: How Your Peers Went from Coordinator to Director and from a Do-er to an Influencer

Angela Williamson
Hagley Museum in Delaware
Presentation: How I’ve Learned to Lead My Way and Take Charge of My Day   

Host site registration will open on April 15thCheck out our website then for more details about this event.

Presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada), this event is designed for local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals, Volunteer Centers, State Commissions on Volunteerism, Educational institutions, or organizations with a team of volunteer engagement staff.  

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

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. 

New members will get a brief overview of our mission, benefits, activities and committees.  Existing members can get a refresher, check in and ask questions. We'll share upcoming announcements, activities, calendar events and trainings.

Webinars will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes allocated for networking or discussion.  

Register for our upcoming webinar:
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018; 2pm EST / 11am PST

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.

Earth Day
April 22, 2018
Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Senior Corps Week
April 29-May 5, 2018
Each year during Senior Corps Week, we recognize the extraordinary impact Senior Corps volunteers make across our nation every day.

Join Hands Day
May 5, 2018
Join Hands Day is about uniting the older generation with the younger generation in a day of volunteering.  Instead of pointing out differences in each other, this day is intended to bring to everyone’s awareness, the realization of how beneficial aiding each other can be.

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