AL!VE Newsletter: July 2020
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Dear AL!VE Members,

Many of us are starting to invite our volunteers back into their roles, trying to maintain connections with volunteers that are on hiatus to keep them engaged, or both. The current status of our nation has pushed us outside of our comfort zone, challenging us to think in different ways than we have before. It is our responsibility as changemakers to continue to innovate and demonstrate the power of volunteers and the necessity of our profession.

As mentioned last month, this also includes what we can do to eradicate institutionalized racial injustice. To continue this conversation, the AL!VE board of directors is looking into how we can continue this work throughout our association, ensuring we not only eliminate barriers of inclusivity but also create more connections to diverse groups we may not have represented throughout our board, committees and membership. If you are interested in working with us on this endeavor, please reach out to us at We would love to have more voices join this conversation.

Please continue to be safe and healthy, and we look forward to continuing to support you through these challenging times.

Welcome to our new members!

Katrin Madayag-Ard
Join Date: 06/03/2020

Roberta Sommer
Join Date: 06/06/2020

Allison Waldvogel Humane Soc of the Pikes Peak Region
Join Date: 06/08/2020

Ana Martin
Join Date: 06/10/2020

Karen Luplow
Join Date: 06/10/2020

Victoria Lilienthal
Join Date: 06/14/2020

Wendy Johnson
Join Date: 06/16/2020

Sonya Manfred
Join Date: 06/17/2020

Meagan Patterson
Join Date: 06/18/2020

Astrid Maldonado-De Jesus
Join Date: 06/24/2020

Nedra Cutler,CVA
Join Date: 06/25/2020

Thank you to renewing members!

Lisl Hacker Americas' Service Commissions
Member Since: 11/27/2017

Robert Ashcraft
Member Since: 07/09/2018

Association for Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona (AVACA)
Member Since: 08/22/2017

Jennifer Beatty
Member Since: 07/02/2017

Karmit Bulman
Member Since: 03/06/2017

Kathy Cahill
Member Since: 06/05/2009

Hortencia Castano-Urbanowiez
Member Since: 06/26/2013

Jeannie Citerman-Kraeger
Member Since: 06/20/2012

Antoine Cook
Member Since: 04/18/2018

Allyson Drinnon
Member Since: 06/24/2014

Janis Ferguson
Member Since: 07/07/2018

Jenn Forristal
Member Since: 06/30/2015

Kelly Herrmann Gold Key Volunteer Program
Member Since: 02/03/2017

Ericka Harney
Member Since: 04/30/2019

Mary Beth Harrington
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Andrea Hill
Member Since: 06/27/2016

Gretchen Jordan
Member Since: 06/08/2009

Elisa Kosarin
Member Since: 01/19/2015

Wendy McClure
Member Since: 05/28/2019

Betsy McFarland
Member Since: 12/14/2016

Member Since: 05/19/2016

NW Oregon Vol Admin Assoc (NOVAA)
Member Since: 07/13/2009

Gerald (Jerry) Pannozzo, CVA
Member Since: 03/01/2017

Kathy Perun
Member Since: 06/24/2015

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

Susie Ryks
Member Since: 02/15/2019

Beth Steinhorn
Member Since: 06/28/2013

Brent Sturm
Member Since: 05/14/2019

Jennifer Thompson
Member Since: 03/04/2016

Volunteer Administrators Northwest (VAN)
Member Since: 10/22/2012

Faiza Venzant
Member Since: 06/17/2019

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  • ...and more!

AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  
August 3, 3:30 PM Eastern
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...


Find Us Online!

Facebook: @Volunteeralive
Twitter: @VolunteerALIVE​
Instagram: @Volunteeralive
LinkedIn: View profile here

JOIN US: AL!VE Virtual Networking Event


AL!VE Virtual Networking Event
July 8, 6-7pm EST

Need to downshift and reenergize with people who get it?

Back by popular demand, join us for a networking social for an hour to connect with your colleagues.  We will have a variety of topics to discuss but do bring your own!

This event is open to anyone working in the field of volunteer engagement. Register here!

Don't Miss Our Next AL!VE Academy!

Leadership Strategies: Boosting Volunteer Communications in the COVID-19 Era
July 15, 1PM EST / 10AM PST

COVID-19 continues to challenge the ways we engage our volunteer workforces, how we work and stay connected. Now more than ever, maintaining morale, keeping everyone informed and moving your mission forward is critical. Join us and discover strategies for amping up your communications and developing a robust plan leveraging your current content and channels. Leave with techniques for implementing best practices, managing your plan to address urgency and tracking your success.

Learn How To:

• Cultivate buy-in from leadership, colleagues and volunteers

• Establish a manageable timeline

• Balance COVID-19 communications with ongoing initiatives

About the Presenter:
Karen Reid, MA, CVA
As president and founder of Kaber Communications, Karen partners with clients across all sectors, developing strategic initiatives and cultivating vibrant teams that increase visibility, enrich cultures and boost impact. Her tailored volunteer and ambassador experiences emphasize effective communication and increased participation for associations, nonprofits, corporations, alumni and community organizations, educational institutions, executive boards and foundations. Karen holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is certified in volunteer administration (CVA). A dynamic and sought-after speaker, Karen delights local, regional and international audiences with her customized and interactive presentations that empower you to put your people first!
**This just in - August AL!VE Academy will be August 7 from 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern and will focus on Diversity & Inclusion. Check our calendar soon for more updates!

Mid-Year Financial Report

Sean Devereaux, CVA, AL!VE Treasurer

Greeting from the Treasurer’s Desk!

I am happy to report that AL!VE is doing well financially despite the chaos of the global pandemic. The good news for this mid-year financial report is that we are ahead in our income for the year, and behind on expenses! That is a winning combination from a budget perspective. We are ahead of budget for YTD Income by $879. We are ahead of expenses by $4,168. All told, it means that we are ahead of our annual budget by over $5000!

YTD VARIANCE $5,046.98

While our overall financial health is strong, we are beginning to see a decrease in our volume of new members, member renewals, and partnership income. Fortunately, we have kept our expenses very low this year, so we should be able to absorb this slow down without impacting our bottom line.

Please do your part to help us maintain our financial health by renewing your membership! Renewal invoices are sent on a regular basis, so please check your email as well as your spam folder.  If you need assistance please contact us!

Seeking Mentors for AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program!

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
October 2020 - March 2021

AL!VE is dedicated to the professional growth and development of leaders in volunteer engagement. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is to provide a platform for AL!VE members to connect, share best practices and position themselves as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will be paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support as well as monthly mentee peer sessions pertaining to leadership development topics.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please visit our website here. The mentorship will commence during the months of October 2020 - March 2021.

If interested in serving as a mentor, complete the mentor questionnaire here.

Applications for mentees will open in August, 2020.

Registration Now Open! Volunteer Management Professionals Conference 2020

October 20 & 21, 2020! 
"Managing Risk- Balancing Aversion & Innovation"

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION Extended to July 31, 2020
How will you manage risk in your career, your program, and with volunteers? To view our speakers and learn more, visit the conference website.  Registration discounts will be given for AL!VE Local Association members and those who register before August 1. 

Attend a 30 minute informational webinar to learn more about our sixth annual Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference. View upcoming webinar dates on our calendar to register.
July 8, Noon EST
July 23, 2:00PM EST

BONUS Pre-Conference Content Open to All: Resiliency in Volunteer Engagement - Lessons from a Pandemic - August 12, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern
Our moderator, Faiza Venzant hosts a panel including Jerome Tenille, Rob Jackson, and Lindsay Baker.
During this panel, your colleagues in volunteer engagement will share:
- Their diverse experiences navigating COVID 19
- How it has impacted their volunteer engagement practice and
- What lessons and opportunities have emerged as a result. Learn more and register here.

**note**  Given the uncertainty created by the current pandemic, we are already making backup plans...


Impact Award Nominations Open in August

Jennifer Thompson, CVA, AL!VE Impact Award Chair

AL!VE, in partnership with Better Impact, is sponsoring the 2nd Annual AL!VE Impact Awards.

These awards celebrate volunteer engagement professionals who have or are showing exceptional leadership and knowledge in the field of Volunteer Engagement.

There are two categories of awards:

  • Emerging Leader who has been in volunteer administration 1 to 7 years 

  • Exemplary Leader who has been in volunteer administration 7+ years.

All nominees must show volunteer engagement as their primary responsibility and been involved in education or research in the field of volunteer engagement.  There are three winners in each category. Each will receive a cash prize to assist with further professional development and will be recognized during this year’s AL!VE Hybrid Conference.

Nominations begin Monday, August 3, 2020 and must be submitted by 5pm EST on Monday, September 14, 2020.  Please nominate a colleague or yourself. You can find last year’s winners on the AL!VE website here.

RESOURCE: Recognizing Bias with Project Implicit

Paula Allen, CVA, VP Programs & Advocacy

Looking for a way to address racial justice and equality in your organization? Sometimes the best way to start is to focus on yourself and your team, and examine where you currently stand as individuals.

Beyond looking at the values of your organization, do you know where your own biases lie? It can be very difficult to articulate your own bias, much less find an implicit bias.

Harvard University hosts Project Implicit, where you can take online tests (they only take a few minutes each) and discover where you stand...


Upcoming Days of Service

Need to plan a service project? See upcoming days of service to help you market your need:

Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18th)

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.

This website also has many project ideas and resources to help build an awesome day of service as well as ongoing projects that meet the objectives of Mandela Day.

World Humanitarian Day (August 19th)

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. This year, the United Nations has chosen to focus on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who are affecting change in cities and towns and villages around the world.

Share these stories and help inspire others to commit to inspiring acts of service, or recreate these for your organization!

9/11 Day of Service (September 11th)

In the U.S., September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act and the Corporation for National and Community Service coordinates it. Visit the website to register your service project or find ideas and resources to create a service project.

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