AL!VE Newsletter: October 2019
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

Notice of Annual Meeting

AL!VE will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 2 pm Eastern time.


Results of Board Elections
Introductions of 2020 Officers
President's Report
Treasurer's Report
VP of Marketing Report
VP of Membership Report
VP of Programs & Advocacy Report
Association Manager Report
President Elect - 2020 Goals and Objectives
New Business

The Annual meeting is open to AL!VE members with a full membership.

Register for the Annual Meeting here.

Volunteer Opportunity!

We’re still seeking one more volunteer to help with developing the ALIVE resource page on our website. Learn more about this and other opportunities at:

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

These AL!VE Academy Webinars are FREE for members and $25 for non-members.

Missed the ALIVE Academy sessions on “Certificates, Credentialing, and Certifications” or “Learnings from an English National Study on Volunteering”? Click here to view these and other previous ALIVE Academies

November AL!VE Academy, Nov 15 @ 1 PM E
Practice & Research presented by Emilie Bromet-Bauer, CVA

December AL!VE Academy, Dec 4 @ 1 PM E
Leading With, and For, Compassion presented by Leah Thibodeaux
Want to gain experience presenting on a national webinar? Willing to share your knowledge and expertise with your peers? Volunteer presenters are needed for 2020 ALIVE Academy series. Learn more and apply here:

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 an upcoming webinar:
Monday, November 4th, 2019 3 PM EST

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day!

AL!VE salutes you and all our colleagues this November 5, 2019 to celebrate and recognize our profession.  ‘Change the Tune’ is this year’s theme.  The IVM day website  has information, templates, celebration ideas, and a listing of celebrations to be held around the world. 

We're Now on Instagram!

See more at volunteeralive on insta!  Thanks to
AL!VE Board Member Audrey Kidwell for setting up and managing.  If you'd like to help with instagram or other social media, contact us.

Welcome New Members

Kari Welsh

Francine Hughes, The Center

Dayaprasad Kulkarni, AarogyaSeva Global Health Volunteer Alliance

Barry Altland, Head Heart Hands Engagement

Evan Johnson, Philbrook Museum of Art

Shelee Loughmiller, City of Vallejo

Stacy Ahua

Alma Pohler, Fort Worth ISD

Heather Hook, Kenny Family Foundation/ShopRites of Delaware

Brittany Biggers, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Ben Fertig, Irvine Nature Center

Patricia Parker, Manatee Observation and Education Center

Abby Baden, Mirror Work for Success

Heather Crandall, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters

Rachel Holmes, WestArk RSVP

Susan Hesselgrave, Washington State Historical Society

Patrick Algyer, Encore Engagement Solutions LLC

Hannah Weier, Family Houston

Becky McKenney, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Steven Whitley, City of Henderson

Tammy Rach, San Diego Zoo

Brittn Grey, Providence St. Joseph Health

Thank You to our Renewing Members!

Robert Ashcraft
Member Since: 07/09/2018

Megan Vixie
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Sogia Thach
Member Since: 06/27/2017

Alejandra Sierra
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Sheri Burke
Member Since: 08/18/2017

Sue Carter Kahl
Member Since: 08/01/2017

Amanda Caruso-Yahne
Member Since: 08/03/2017

Jessica Trump
Member Since: 08/15/2016

Yvonne Dunphe
Member Since: 07/21/2018

Liza Dyer
Member Since: 08/04/2017

Adam Falzarano
Member Since: 03/07/2018

Janis Ferguson
Member Since: 07/07/2018

Jason Frenzel
Member Since: 08/25/2009

Krista Gilmore
Member Since: 08/01/2009

Tony Goodrow
Member Since: 08/06/2009

Lisa Greenberg
Member Since: 08/10/2017

Jan Hathaway
Member Since: 08/30/2013

Jill Leighty
Member Since: 08/07/2009

Nancy Waterman
Member Since: 08/07/2009

Paula Lipford
Member Since: 08/20/2018

Karmit Bulman
Member Since: 08/24/2016

Shelly McAlpin
Member Since: 08/11/2009

Betsy McFarland
Member Since: 12/14/2016

Barbara Hickert
Member Since: 07/19/2017

Holly Payne
Member Since: 08/08/2016

Jennifer Besse
Member Since: 07/05/2017

Jessica Schulte
Member Since: 08/09/2017

Nancy Shafer
Member Since: 08/09/2017

Karen Stolt
Member Since: 08/08/2017

Corina Sadler
Member Since: 07/02/2015

Susan Wolford
Member Since: 07/11/2017

Garrett Zaffke
Member Since: 08/24/2017

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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Dana Litwin, CVA

 October; the time of year when we think of spooky, scary, fun!  Costumes, candy, days getting darker, and the biggest fright of all -  preparing for major holidays and hosting (or ghosting?) family.
Less fun is real fear holding us back in work and life. I have a long-time  fear of flying, but I also have to fly a lot for work; my coping mechanisms are probably legend among flight steward staff, but I don’t allow my fear to hold me back. One fear I hear a lot about speaking and teaching across the country is probably the most common one holding us back in our careers - technophobia!
Whether it is your own fear or confusion with ever-evolving technology, or a higher-up in your agency stubbornly drawing an analog line in the sand, we tend to fear that which we do not understand. The cure for technophobia is knowledge, and understanding that not every tech decision needs to be solved with a big, complex, expensive Tesla-type thing. Most of the time, the tech you need is more like a nice reliable Honda hatchback, or old Ford truck, and in some cases, a bicycle is fine for what you’re doing. Yes, AND, even if “bicycle” is the best your agency can do right now, or if it’s genuinely the right solution to your situation, it’s important to keep learning about what tech is out there, what’s possible, and probable, and how it impacts your work and life. Technology offers up a series of tools for your toolbox; knowing how, if, and when to use each of them is key.
AL!VE has many resources to get you or a colleague over the jump-scare of technophobia; in October specifically with “The Future is Now: Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond” hybrid conference broadcast Oct.22nd and 23rd (sign-up link in this newsletter). All year round, check out AL!VE Academy webinars, and more great information with our partners at Energize, Inc., and VolunteerMatch.
Welcome to Tech-tober!

2019 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference: Register Soon!

   2019 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference
The Future is Now:
Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

Visit the Conference Website
The Future is Now nears 50 broadcast locations in the US and Canada!

We are so excited to have the highest ever registrations for remote sites in our fifth year of the conference!  Our speakers Liza Dyer, Faiza Venzant, Erin Spink and Rob Jackson will be presented on technology and its changing roles in volunteer engagement.  From robots to transformative technology to mastering information and still remaining a human connection, we expect over 1,000 individuals to participate in the livestream broadcast.  If you’d like to attend a broadcast event in your area, visit the conference website at
Thanks to each of the remote locations for putting together a fantastic event to help bring global professional development to their community!

Impact Awards to be announced October 22!

We have received 23 nominations for the Exemplary and Emerging Leader Categories.  Judging is now underway and the winners will be notified soon, with the formal public announcement to be made during the Hybrid Conference on October 22 & 23.  We will also post on our website and social media at that time.  Three receipients from each category will be selected and will receive a cash award to use for professional development within the next 18 months.
Many thanks to our judges Doug Blankenship, Kathy Cahill, Kayla Paulson, Joy Pietschmann, Robin Popik, and Paula Pratt.  A very special thank you to the award sponsor Better Impact.

Networking & Learning Opportunity -AL!VE’s Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice is a group of volunteer engagement professionals that meets virtually to share issues, strategies and best practices, get and receive colleagues' support, make connections, and provide an opportunity to share information, experiences, and resources specific to the industry/structure or community they serve.

Rural Communities of Practice
October 15th2pm EST
Click here to Register!

Join us for the next Rural Communities of Practice webinar where we will discuss partnerships and collaboration in rural communities. Shannon Stewart, AmeriCorps Program Director at Rural Action in Athens, Ohio, will discuss why partnerships are so important in rural communities and provide tips and resources to find and build mutually effective partnerships to deepen community impact.  There will be ample time for discussion so bring your thoughts, questions, challenges, and successes with building partnerships in rural communities.
For any questions about this, please contact Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, COP facilitator, at

Points of Light Call for Proposals

The conference team is seeking proposals for workshops that engage attendees, providing knowledge, resources and inspiration to further the work being done to accelerate people-powered change in communities around the world. The topic areas of interest are: Volunteer Engagement, Social Networking and Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, National Service, Business, Tech for Good, Nonprofit Capacity Building.

Points of Light will work with a diverse committee to review the submissions. Through this process, the conference team will balance a suite of workshop offerings representative of varying geographic region, audience and market reach, and audience type. Attention will be placed on the quality of proposals that align with the conference theme and topic areas .  Submissions are due no later than October 18 and can be submitted via the Points of Light webpage

Local Association Mentee and Mentor Update

Our first Local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals mentee/mentor is underway.  An experienced colleague with strong experience in their own local association is now working with the officers of the local association mentee.  The process involves an extensive interview with a prioritization process to work on the most important issues first, and will be kept in a database to track progress and serve as a future resource.  Over the next six month period, the mentor and mentee will be meeting once a month. 
Is your local association interested in the mentor program?  If you’d like to apply to be a mentee, or have past experience with your local association, check out our webpage at

New Article

The 2020 Volunteer Management Progress Report Opens on October 24

VolunteerPro will release the FIFTH year of its global state-of-the industry survey for leaders of volunteers soon!  Everyone who participates gets a free invite to the Sneak Peek webinar to hear the early results in January.  Make your voice heard.  Set your calendars to take the survey now!
This Year’s Theme is “Benchmarking”  

They'll be exploring some juicy topics such as ...  

•    Top challenges for leaders of volunteers  
•    Detailed volunteer retention & turnover rates  
•    Data on volunteer conversion rates (application, training, approved)  
•    Training requirements for volunteers  
•    Average ratio of volunteers to direct supervisor  
•    Salary & budget trends, cross tabbed by agency characteristics  
•    And more ...

Local Associations Handbook Available for AL!VE Local Association Members

Our handbook for Local Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals will be available for download to AL!VE Local Association Members as of October 15, 2019.  The handbook contains resources, information, templates that a local association will find helpful. Sections include Financial Management, Membership Management, Standard Operating Procedures, and more.  Submissions for additional resources, templates and information are welcome and will be updated and incorporated twice a year.  To receive your copy, email us at
Congratulations to the Local Associations Subcommittee members, Mark W. Smith and Jennifer Thompson for their efforts to get this project off the ground!

AL!VE Calendar Submissions Welcome

Our website's calendar highlights AL!VE events as well as events from our colleagues and associations in the field.  If you'd like to add a date for an event that is related to volunteer engagement or professional development, provide us the information here. Your event will be reviewed for approval and posted usually within 24 hours.

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