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

A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA

At the halfway point of the year, our new board members are really pressing the gas pedal (or electric pedal for some) and accelerating their efforts on our committees. Their innovations and excitement is starting to move forward some very fun projects we’ll have for you later this year. More support for local associations, stronger partnerships which will bring our members deeper value, and what’s shaping up to be a really strong succession plan for the coming years. Of course we’re also have many ongoing projects. ALIVE is delighted to have received a grant to continue the work after the National Summit in Minnesota! The primary work will be continuing  the groundwork of the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement (see article in this newsletter for details).  We will also be facilitating committees on communications, research, and vision. All of which may integrate to some degree with the National Alliance. We are also in discussions for a follow up Summit in the spring of 2019. 

All my best,

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 one of our upcoming webinars:
Thursday, July 12th, 2018; 1pm EST / 10am PST
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018; 12pm EST / 9am PST

Upcoming Conferences & Partner Webinars

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

Volunteer Pro: How to Juggle Competing Priorities With Smarter Time Management
06/13/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerMatch: Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
06/13/2018 (free)

Effective Altruism Reinventing Your Volunteer Program Series: Rebooting Volunteer Roles and Opportunities
06/15/2018 (fee-based)

Twenty Hats: Getting Ready for a Volunteer Impact Measures Strategy Session
06/20/2018 (fee-based)

Volunteer Opportunity: Maker Faire KC 2018
06/22/2018- 06/24/2018 (free)

Effective Altruism: Reinventing Your Volunteer Program Series: Reimagining Volunteer Recruitment
06/22/2018 (fee-based)

Volunteer Pro: How to Prevent Volunteer Burnout & Increase Team Resilience
06/26/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerMatch: Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement
06/26/2018 (free)

Effective Altruism Reinventing Your Volunteer Program Series: Revising Communications and Supervision
06/29/2018 (fee-based)

Effective Altruism Reinventing Your Volunteer Program Series: Revisiting Support, Recognition, and Retention
07/06/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerMatch: The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
07/10/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
07/12/2018 (free)

Effective Altruism Individual Webinar: Building Stronger Staff-Volunteer Relationships
07/13/2018 (fee-based)

VolunteerMatch: Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program
07/17/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Managing and Aging Volunteer Corps
07/19/2018 (free)

VolunteerMatch: Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact
07/25/2018 (free)

Welcome New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

Mika Guevarra
The Regional Center for Volunteerism/ Hands on Superior California

Thomas Pearson III
River City Food Bank

Antoine Cook
AARP California State Office

Beth Healey
American Red Cross

Shirley Burgess
United Way of Central Iowa

Joy Talmon
United Way of Central Iowa

Rachelle Talbott
United Way of Central Iowa

Koby Heramil
International Rescue Committee - Northern California

Missy Orr
International Rescue Committee - Northern California

Jonathan Partridge
International Rescue Committee - Northern California

Amanda Gamban
International Rescue Committee - Northern California

Jenna Celius
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Mindy Rupley
Tides Foundation

Elizabeth Papineau
Hannah's House

Ginger Anthony
Partners in Food Solutions

Cannie Campbell
James Madison University

Theresa Maguire
Specialty Coffee Association

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Emilie Bromet-Bauer
Member Since: 06/06/2009

Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers
Member Since: 11/02/2009

Trudi White, CVA
Member Since: 03/02/2011

Barbara Sheffer
Member Since: 06/19/2011

Beth Steinhorn
Member Since: 06/28/2013

Central Indiana Association of Volunteer Adminnistrators
Member Since: 12/10/2013

Tobi Johnson
Member Since: 12/17/2013

Susan Palmer
Member Since: 04/07/2015

Alison Reed
Member Since: 04/23/2015

Linda Llewellyn
Member Since: 05/21/2015

Lillian Nelson
Member Since: 05/25/2016

Betsy McFarland
Member Since: 12/14/2016

Idaho Department of Insurance SHIBA
Member Since: 01/18/2017

Anna Parker
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Mallory Fernandez
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Brandy Knivila
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Jerry Pannozzo, CVA
Member Since: 03/01/2017

Cynthia Saxton
Member Since: 06/05/2017

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.

United Way Day of Action
June 21, 2018
Each year on June 21 -- the Summer Solstice (longest day of the year) -- "communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live." Special emphasis on a "Summer of Success" for young people.

Mandela Day
July 18, 2018
An annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life (started in 2009) and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to "make an imprint" and change the world around them -- by giving 67 minutes of volunteer service.

Question? Contact Us!

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AL!VE Mentor Program: Interested?

AL!VE is interested in starting a mentor program to kick off this Fall!

AL!VE members offer a vast array of experience in our field, and we want to utilize that to our members' advantage! As part of our commitment to professional development, we want to pair members with those that can offer their expertise in either technical or leadership skills. But first, we'd like to gauge interest so we can better design the program.

Take a quick poll so we can gauge interest in this program!

You can also view the results as more of your fellow members complete the poll.

More information to come next month to sign up as a mentor or mentee.

Announcing: The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement

The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement
is coming to life!

The mission of the Alliance is to guide future collective action at the national level towards embracing volunteer engagement as an effective strategy to address community needs. Everything you need to know about the development of the Alliance is now available at

The Alliance is not a replacement for AL!VE or any other existing national or regional organization or association, but rather a coalition to facilitate collaboration across many sectors, bringing together more voices to build united strength for collective action.

AL!VE is providing administrative support as well as serving as co-facilitator and fiscal agent to this exciting new venture. AL!VE's President-Elect, Dana Cory Litwin, CVA and Betsy McFarland of the Adisa Group serve as facilitators for the Alliance formation and working group/task force projects. 

The proposed Alliance structure has been designed to convene leaders (both staff and volunteers) across many lines – including voices from traditional nonprofit, faith-based, health, human service, government, and civic organizations, membership associations, higher education, and including such roles as volunteer engagement professionals, executive leadership, development and fundraising professionals, human resource professionals, funders, and beyond. 

We want to update you on a couple of exciting Alliance developments poised to roll out in the coming months:

  • The Task Force is convening an Interim Leadership Team for the Alliance to focus on a 6-month timeline (by the end of the year) to formally launch the Alliance and a process for how people can get involved. The Interim Leadership Team members will be listed on the website next month.

  • Communications “Hub” Working Group – We are close to launching an exciting new online platform where we can convene and exchange ideas. Stay tuned for more details later this summer!

To stay tuned, here’s what you can do:

  1. Visit and read the Alliance case statement. 

  2. Share this email and the website with your colleagues and networks! 

  3. Add yourself to our email list to receive updates about this important work.

  4. Be on the lookout for future opportunities to serve with a work group and other important roles. 

Can't make it to Atlanta? Join us virtually for Happy Hour!

ATL Happy Hour- Streamed Live!
Via our Facebook page!
Monday, June 18th, 2018, from 6:15-6:45pm

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)

Can't make it to our Happy Hour in Atlanta?
Join us virtually for the Happy Hour at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, Georgia! We are pleased to partner with Better Impact, COVA and GAVA. At 6:20 Eastern time, we will broadcast live the happy hour. Choose your beverage, join us on facebook live, and say hello to your peers!

See You There!

Next AL!VE Academy: Advocacy for You and the Profession

Advocacy for You and the Profession: The Why, What and How
Thursday, June 28th, 2018
1pm EST / 10am PST
via GoToMeeting
Cost: AL!VE Members (Free) / Non-Members ($25)
To attend this event, register here.

Join your colleagues for lively discussion about the importance of advocating for yourself in your position as a volunteer engagement professional and how that both depends on and supports the profession of volunteer management. We'll learn about one model of advocacy, talk about how to apply it to various situations, and discuss and share our own best practices for advocating for ourselves and for our profession. Bring your own examples of how you advocated for yourself or your program or a situation where you'd like to received feedback.

About the Presenter:
Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA has worked in the field of volunteer management for over 25 years developing and managing volunteer programs in a variety of industries, including the military, social service, healthcare, and homeless organizations, and higher education. In 2014, Emilie earned a Masters in Human Science with a masters project entitled “A Model of Transformative Volunteer Management”. She was a founding board member of AL!VE and has published about advocacy in volunteer management as well as developed and facilitated workshops on volunteer management, service-learning, and advocacy for local and national conferences.

New Article

We're proud to announce that we have recently teamed up with VolunteerPro to help you save on volunteer management training and professional development.

VolunteerPro is offering a $60 OFF Annual Memberships exclusively for AL!VE Members. Memberships include access to two live webinars a month and a library of over 60 recorded webinars to live steam any time you like from any device. You're sure to find solutions to your biggest volunteer engagement challenges.

Because we are working together, we are able to take advantage of bulk discounts without having to register our entire group. What's more, for every referral we receive a portion of the proceeds from VolunteerPro.
So, when you sign up through us, you not only save money, but you also help strengthen our ability to provide support to our members.
 Everybody wins, and we all grow together. We call it a triple win!

If you're interested, check out what VolunteerPro has to offer here:

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our Association Manager for the details.

To access the members-only discount link:

  • Visit the 'members only' section of our website. 
  • The information is listed at the top of the page (along with all the other member discount and benefit information!)

Check Out Our AL!VE Members at NCVS!

AL!VE is proud to support our members that are speaking at upcoming conferences this June. If you plan to attend the National Conference on Volunteering & Services: Service Unites, please attend your fellow AL!VE members' sessions!  You can find those presenting and their session information for NCVS here.

LEARN: Information Sessions for AL!VE & Better Impact Hybrid Conference

October 23rd or 24th, 2018

Interested in being a host site for our Hybrid Conference to be held in October 2018? 

Attend a thirty minute session for a brief overview of the event, logistics, expenses, and next steps. This informational session is for those who wish to be host site, not an individual participant.  Individuals can find out how to attend at a local association from the event's website.

Sign up now for one of the following dates:
Thursday, June 28th, 3:30pm EST / 12:30pm PST
Thursday, July 26th, 4:00pm EST / 1:00pm PST
Tuesday, August 7th, 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM Pacific
Wednesday, August 29th, 1:30pm EST / 10:30am PST

Check Out This Message from Hybrid Conference Host Dana Litwin!

About the Conference:
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.  

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. 

PARTICIPATE: Join One of Our Committees!

AL!VE has been working diligently behind the scenes to enhance each member's experience to get the most out of membership!  But we cannot do it alone. We are in need of assistance from our members to serve on our committees. You are receiving an email from us because you indicated at one point that you would be interested in being more involved in AL!VE. 
So we need your help! We would love to speak with you further about the ways you can gain new skills and experience or use your talents to assist AL!VE in advancing our mission and moving our industry forward. Listed below are descriptions of each committee and the time commitment required. If you cannot make the committee meetings, you can still reach out to the committee chair to see how you can still offer your assistance.
Thank you for considering volunteering with us!  We hope to speak with you soon!

Membership Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Membership with creating and cultivating the member experience for AL!VE, including:

  • Development and maintenance of member benefits

  • Design and administration of member onboarding (e.g., new member calls, new member webinar)

  • Creation of content for public website and members only section

Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Membership Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (12-1pm PST/ 3-4pm EST).
If Interested: Contact Ashley Rieser, VP of Membership, at  or (412) 847-7040.

Programs & Advocacy Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Programs and Advocacy with developing innovative and creative ways of delivering professional development programming and industry information, including:

  • Design and execution of AL!VE Academy webinars, guest presentations, and other training activities

  • Development of resource clearinghouse for the AL!VE website

  • Researching and providing advocacy updates and social, economic, and political trends impacting our industry

  • Development and administration of Communities of Practice/networking groups

Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Programs & Advocacy Committee meets the second Friday of each month (9-10am PST/ 12-1pm EST).
If Interested: Contact Emilie Bromet-Bauer, VP of Programs & Advocacy, at or (415) 260-7845.

Marketing Committee
Duties: Committee members assist the VP of Marketing with publicity and engagement strategies aimed towards current and potential members through various communications channels, including:

  • Creating content for AL!VE’s marketing strategy each month for social media channels (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)

  • Writing newsletter content for AL!VE’s bi-monthly newsletter

  • Brainstorming creative ways to market AL!VE’s benefits and webinars and executing engagement strategy developed

  • Designing marketing materials and web content on an ongoing basis to keep our materials and website fresh and current

Commitment: 2-4 hours per month. Marketing Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (9-10am PST/ 12-1pm EST).
If Interested: Contact Megan Vixie, VP of Marketing, at or (310) 374-3426, ext. 137.

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