copy of AL!VE Newsletter: June 2022
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President Michelle Raymer, CVA


Have you seen our list of Communities of Practice recently? What started with one rural COP in 2018 has grown to a dozen different groups! (Fun fact- starting the rural COP was one of my first projects with AL!VE) If you haven’t found one to participate in yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to meet others within your niche in the volunteer engagement field. I prepared for the CVA exam on my own and would have loved it if a study group had been offered at that time. Luckily for you, registration for the fall CVA study group COP is open now! If there isn’t a COP for your line of work, let us know if you want to start one, or have other ideas of programming that can support you.

P.S. Are you attending the Points of Light conference in Orlando? If so come find me and say hi! I love meeting AL!VE members from across the country. Additionally, be sure to join us for our happy hour on July 13th from 6-9pm at the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center. We’ll be joined by our friends from Better Impact and NAVPLG for an opportunity to meet in person. Looking forward to seeing you there!

2022 Impact Awards Coming Soon!

Nominations open August 2022 for this year's Impact awards.

Thanks to Board Member Nicole Smith for interviewing past Impact Award Winners on her 'From the Suggestion Box' podcast -
Check out part 1 here.
And then continue with part 2!

Watch for more information August newsletter about the 2022 Impact Awards!  
  • Get Nominated
  • Tell your Story
  • Win Big

Fall CVA Study Group

The CVA study group is a member benefit from AL!VE open to all AL!VE members preparing for the FALL 2022 exam and will be led by facilitators who have earned their CVA certification. On July 20th we will review the study resources and an overview of chapters one and two of the textbook. We will meet every Wednesday at 12pm E for eight weeks from August 3rd – September 21st. The study schedule is based on reading 1-2 chapters of the CVA textbook, discussing those chapters and reviewing sample scenarios during the calls.

Complete this form to express your interest in joining the study group!
*Please register by Monday, July 18!

Welcome New Members!

Kristie Nardini

Join Date: 05/03/2022

Shelli Beck
Join Date: 05/04/2022

Juanita Goode
Join Date: 05/04/2022

Cara Madsen
Join Date: 05/06/2022

Lisa Fedorick
Join Date: 05/11/2022

Priscilla Mantilla
Join Date: 05/13/2022

Beth Daddario
Join Date: 05/16/2022

Emily Robertson
Join Date: 05/19/2022

Elizabeth Paul-Soch
Join Date: 05/19/2022

Bri Johnson
Join Date: 05/23/2022

Alyssa Groeteke
Join Date: 05/31/2022

Tori Carlson SAVMA
Join Date: 06/05/2022

Stacy Stoldt
Join Date: 06/08/2022

Joan Ambo
Join Date: 06/08/2022

Upcoming Conferences

Our Association Manager Gretchen Jordan, CVA is member of the 2022 @beapointoflight Conference Host Committee, and is excited to share that registration for the #PointsofLight22 Conference is open! Join us for this can’t-miss hybrid event from July 13-15 in person at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and online for a virtual audience to get inspired and help your organization move its mission forward. Enjoy a lineup of global leaders and special guests including artists, influencers, entertainers and moving performances.
Registration is now open!  Register today to save your seat at this year's conference! 


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.

Register to attend an upcoming webinar from our calendar:
June 28, 3 PM Eastern
August 4, Noon Eastern
September 21, 1 PM Eastern
November 2, 3 PM Eastern
December 8, Noon Eastern 


Thank You For Renewing Your Membership!

Sarah Avdeeff

Renewal Date: 05/18/2022

Emilie Bromet-Bauer
Renewal Date: 06/06/2022

Kathy Cahill
Renewal Date: 06/05/2022

Sarah Christian
Renewal Date: 06/05/2022

Sabrina Clark
Renewal Date: 05/22/2022

Shirley Conger
Renewal Date: 06/07/2022

Harriett Edwards
Renewal Date: 06/05/2022

Sarah Elliston, CVA
Renewal Date: 05/17/2022

Krista Estes
Renewal Date: 05/26/2022

Cheryl Fitzgerald
Renewal Date: 05/13/2022

Michelle Gipson
Renewal Date: 05/17/2022

Hilary Hager
Renewal Date: 06/07/2022

Amy Howard
Renewal Date: 05/19/2022

Allison Waldvogel Humane Soc of the Pikes Peak Region
Renewal Date: 06/08/2022

Gretchen Jordan
Renewal Date: 06/08/2022

Linda Llewellyn
Renewal Date: 05/21/2022

Karen Luplow
Renewal Date: 06/10/2022

Barrie Madasu
Renewal Date: 05/23/2022

Wendy McClure
Renewal Date: 05/28/2022

Karen McDonald
Renewal Date: 06/09/2022

Margaret (Peg) McEvoy
Renewal Date: 05/17/2022

Renewal Date: 05/19/2022

Lillian Nelson
Renewal Date: 05/25/2022

Maggie O'Neill
Renewal Date: 05/11/2022

Katie Oster
Renewal Date: 06/03/2022

Elizabeth Papineau
Renewal Date: 05/15/2022

James Rice III
Renewal Date: 05/20/2022

Anthony Richardson
Renewal Date: 06/03/2022

Mindy Rupley
Renewal Date: 05/07/2022

Gina Hansen SAVMA
Renewal Date: 05/05/2022

Jody Schaffer
Renewal Date: 05/24/2022

Alex, CAVS, CPXP Seblatnigg
Renewal Date: 05/21/2022

Rachel Simon
Renewal Date: 05/28/2022

Allison Stone
Renewal Date: 05/31/2022

Brent Sturm
Renewal Date: 05/14/2022

Jonathan Tate
Renewal Date: 05/04/2022

Margaret Thompson
Renewal Date: 05/03/2022

SAVMA Tori Carlson
Renewal Date: 05/05/2022

Fake Megan Vixie
Renewal Date: 05/07/2022

Donna Wager
Renewal Date: 05/12/2022

Jovita Woodrich
Renewal Date: 05/13/2022

Kasey Zronek
Renewal Date: 05/10/2022

Questions? Contact Us!

We are here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at  While you are there, you can also:

Points of Light Happy Hour!

Co-sponsored by AL!VE and Better Impact and support from NAVPLG, AL!VE members are invited to join us for a happy hour! No host bar & light appetizers while they last! 

Keep up to date on location and details by registering today!

Date: July 13
Time: 6-9 PM
Where:  Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center, room TBA 
Who:  Better Impact users, AL!VE & NAVPLG members, and invited guests

Registration is Open! Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference

Impact Evaluation: Data that Matters &
Creating the Right Story 

View our intro video here
*Registration is now OPEN!*

This event is produced and sponsored in conjunction with Better Impact. 
Everyone is being expected to take advantage of data, no matter what their size, mission, or budget. Decision makers want organizations to use data to show their value beyond what the financials show. But it’s more than that.  It’s also knowing what data is important and telling the story behind the data that really matters.
With limited resources, how do agencies partnering with volunteers choose an approach that combines the right mix of data and tools to provide insight relevant to your organization? And where is it going to come from?  
This year's Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference will focus on equipping leaders of volunteers with skills to determine what data is useful and how to tell impactful stories using different tools and technologies.

Broadcast October 18 or 19,  host sites will be able to live stream our conference presenters to a live or remote audience, facilitated again this year by Faiza Venzant, CVA. 
Fee: $550 for  AL!VE Members | $600 for Non-Members
*There is $100 Early bird discount if registered by July 15

Host sites participating as of 6/15/22:
DAVA - Delaware, MD area
WSBA - Seattle, WA (internal only)
Sioux Falls DOVIA - Sioux Falls, SD
Habitat for Humanity International

If you'd like to be on the mailing list to receive updates, sign up here.
Speakers and topics for the 2022 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference:
Veronica Deally - Why Volunteers Deserve Their Own Annual Report
Adam Shilling - What's In It For Them?" Persuading Leaders and Decisions Makers
Maura Fitzpatrick - Positioning Yourself as the Expert and Communicating with Impact and Confidence
Tony Goodrow – The Relative Impact Model for Measuring the ROI of Volunteer Engagement

2022 Conference Timeline:
Informational Sessions: For more information and to register, select a date below!
June 27
July 18
August 4
August 22
September 14
Conference Dates:
October 18 - Pacific & Mountain Broadcast
October19 - Central & Eastern Broadcast

Request for Proposals: Compensation Evaluation Services

Coming Soon:
Job Leveling Document
for Volunteer Engagement Professionals

AL!VE is excited to announce we are seeking the services of a compensation consultant to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the job of the volunteer engagement professional, delivering a job leveling document that demonstrates the progressions within the job.  Consultant will develop, design, and produce a report that defines the skills, knowledge, and amount of responsibility attached to each level of the volunteer engagement professional role.

We hope to have this job leveling document for the field that can help our members advocate for job advancement by outlining responsibilities and qualifications for each job level, from entry-level to executive.  

RFP's will be excepted now through July 6th, 2022.

More information about the RFP is posted on our website here.

For any questions, please contact Megan Vixie at

Volunteering with AL!VE

We Want YOU - Part TWO!
Thank you to AL!VE members Tim Suda, Jannessa Weightman, and Chris Woods who have stepped up to join the Local Associations, Finance, and Marketing committees.  Two new opportunities are available!  Time commitment usually entails one meeting a month, with 1-2 hours working independently on a project or with a team.  Volunteering with AL!VE looks great on a resume, is eligible for CVA recertification hours, and expands your skillset! 

These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:​
  • Marketing: Meets monthly with committee to draft messaging, marketing plans and projects as assigned by the board.  Independent work to maintain and update website, create graphics for Social Media, Outreach, Special Projects, etc.
  • HR & Policy: Meets monthly with responsibilities including reviewing AL!VE Policy and Procedures, and oversight and further development of our internal volunteer engagement strategy. A volunteer is sought to focus on enhancing our internal volunteer engagement processes. If you are interested in joining the HR & Policy Committee, please email Michelle Raymer for more information.
Visit our volunteer page  to learn more about other opportunities, apply and get started!

AL!VE Board Position Opening - Call to Members

AL!VE Board Member Andrea Hill has resigned from the AL!VE Board of Directors due to other commitments.  We thank her for her service and wish her well in future endeavors.  Per our bylaws, members can submit nominations by June 30, 2022:

'When a vacancy on the board exists mid-term, the secretary or their designee will notify the membership and make a call for nominations. Nominations must be submitted within two weeks of notifying the membership. The board member nominations will be selected and voted in by a majority of the board of directors. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the vacated board members term. Any board member chosen this way is eligible to run in the normal election process.'

To learn more and apply, visit our board nomination page here.  For questions, contact Kayla Paulson, AL!VE President Elect and Board Development Committee Chair here.

Introducing AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement

The AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement were revised and updated by volunteer engagement professionals (VEP) for volunteer engagement professionals. Based on extensive research and experience, these Standards have been shown to deliver value to both the organization and individual volunteers.
This new version and the accompanying Self-Evaluation Tool were developed to be adaptable, relevant, and scalable within organizations of every size, structure, and industry. The Standards incorporate current trends in volunteer engagement such as inclusion and diversity, transformational volunteerism, and context-based volunteer management models.
The Standards can be useful to VEPs at every level of experience. Those who are new to the field can use these them as a guide for developing their organization's volunteer engagement programs. Those who are experienced VEPs and whose organizations have more established volunteer programs can use these them as a way to assess the effectiveness of their organization's volunteer engagement. In all cases, these Standards can be used to make the case for increased investment in and integration of volunteer engagement.
The AL!VE Standards are a living document, so the Standards Task Force will be soliciting feedback over the next year on their usability and effectiveness so we can continuously update and improve them. We'll be developing training and support opportunities for interested users. Get the inside scoop by joining us for an introduction to these Standards at the next AL!VE Academy: Using Standards to Make Your Case: Introducing AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement, on June 24th. 
So, please share your feedback on the AL!VE Standards and register for the next AL!VE Academy. We can't wait to get your feedback! 

AL!VE Academy Discussion on LinkedIn

Do you want to learn more from our Academy presenters?
As an added benefit this year, exclusively for our AL!VE members, we will now be hosting a “Continuing the Conversation'' discussion with our speakers for 48 hours after their presentation. 
This will be available only on our AL!VE Linked in Group page which you may join here: AL!VE LinkedIn Group Page.  We encourage you to ask the speakers follow up questions and engage in discussions with your peers.
Our group page is different and in addition to our association site page which is here: Association of Leaders In Volunteer Engagement.  Join both!

Upcoming AL!VE Academy Webinars

Cathy Thoma, CVA VP of Programs & Advocacy

Join us for our next AL!VE Academy!
These monthly professional development webinars are available FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships. 

Using Standards to Make Your Case: Introducing AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement
June 24 @ 1 pm E, 60 minutes
AL!VE's updated Standards reflect effective practice for engaging and leading volunteers within organizational settings. These Standards were developed, revised, and updated by volunteer engagement professionals for volunteer engagement professionals. They have been shown to deliver value to both the organization and individual volunteers. Special care has been taken to make these Standards relevant, adaptable, and scalable within organizations of every size, shape, and industry and for Volunteer Engagement Professionals at every level.
 Outcomes you can expect from this presentation:
-Take a first look at the updated Standards and how to assess and develop your volunteer engagement program.
-Learn how to use the provided Self-Evaluation Tool to determine areas of strength and growth.
-Exchange ideas about how to use these Standards and the Self-Evaluation Tool to make the case for implementation and investment in your volunteer engagement program.
Visit the registration page for more details and to reserve your spot today!

As always, our academies are FREE to all AL!VE members, including Local Association memberships.

Communities of Practice - Upcoming COPs

Join a Community of Practice!
Upcoming COP Dates:
6/21, 2pm E, Rural Communities
6/22, 2pm E, Local Associations
6/27, 2:30pm E, National Networks
6/29, 1pm E, Animal Welfare
7/5, 3pm E, Food Banks
7/6, 1pm E, Transportation
7/14, 12pm E, Healthcare
7/18, 2pm E, Early Childhood
7/19, 2pm E, Rural Communities
7/21, 12pm E, Parks and Recreation
7/28, 2pm, Emergency Response

Learn more about Communities of Practice here and sign up via the AL!VE calendar here.

BIG thank you to the COP Facilitators who work hard to manage the logistics,  resources, and content for each COP and make sure each conversation is meaningful and helpful for participants. Thank you for your service!

Local Association events will now be known and marketed as a Community of Practice!

June 22, 2 pm E:  Local Associations COP Meeting Q2:
Board Recruitment & Development:  Keeping it Real In Challenging Times

Register here

This meeting will be a panel presentation and discussion for anyone involved in leadership with Local Association of Volunteer Engagement Professionals (DOVIA's, AVA's, etc).  Hear and share your real world successes, challenges and ideas.
Facilitator:  TBA
Panelists:  Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators & more TBA

  • AL!VE Local Association Members enjoy the free monthly AL!VE Academy webinars - when registering, please enter your association's name or acronym so you won't be billed.  See the calendar for dates.

"Calling in vs. Calling Out: Diversifying Your Board" - Recording Now Available!


Find Us Online!

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

Newsletter - copy of AL!VE Newsletter: June 2022