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

President's Message

AL!VE Board President, Michelle Raymer, CVA

It’s fall, and it’s an exciting time for AL!VE! Coming up in October, we’re co-hosting our annual Hybrid Conference. This is an opportunity to come together with peer volunteer engagement professionals across the US and Canada to learn and share ideas. (Don't have a local association participating? You can also register individually to participate virtually with a group of AL!VE members here.)This year’s theme is Impact Evaluation: Data that Matters & Creating the Right Story. I know I, and others I’ve worked with, have been challenged when only asked by leaders or funders for the number of volunteers and volunteer hours. How can we advocate for volunteer engagement by pushing to instead provide a fuller picture of the impact made by those volunteers during those hours? As a part of the Service Enterprise Initiative (more on that later in the newsletter) I was introduced to the Brené Brown quote “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” I can’t wait to hear from our speakers and from all of you how we can better share the soul of our work.

AL!VE's Emerging Leaders Mentor Program: Meet the Mentors!

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program: November 2022 - April 2023
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.
Thirty three AL!VE members are donating their time and talent to you! If you are interested in participating in this program, please learn a little bit about our mentors to help you determine who may be a good match for you! More about each mentor can be found at the link included featuring their LinkedIn profiles or professional websites.  Meet our Mentors HERE!

If interested in becoming a mentee: Complete the mentee application here.
Applications are due by Friday, October 14!
If interested in participating, save the date for mandatory orientation that will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 12pm PST/3pm EST. Mentors and mentees will attend to learn more about one another before selecting their preferences for mentorship.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at

Hybrid Conference: Registration Open For Host Sites and Individuals!

This event is produced
and sponsored in conjunction with Better Impact. Learn more, view an informational video, and register here!

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. 
*Late Breaking News!*  Maura Fitzpatrick is unable to present, but we are pleased to announce that the incredible Erin Spink will present on the topic.  

Learn More About the Conference Here!

AL!VE to Administer the Service Enterprise Initiative

As was shared in a special message to members in July, another exciting step for AL!VE is taking on administration of the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) from Points of Light, starting October 1st. A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to meet their social missions. Research shows that organizations operating at  this level are better led, managed, and have the same results as their peers at half the median budget. This makes organizations attractive to volunteers who know they’ll have a good experience, and to funders who know their dollars will be well spent and go further. The Service Enterprise Initiative includes an assessment, training, and coaching to help organizations in the change management process to achieve that level of operation.

AL!VE and SEI make a great pairing. SEI will further AL!VE’s mission by advancing the field of volunteer engagement and the profession, provide opportunities for members to go through the SEI process, and allow for additional professional development and capacity building opportunities. AL!VE will be able to enhance Service Enterprise by leveraging our strengths as a national network of leaders who understand what a tremendous asset volunteers are, and our experience providing professional development and support to that national network.

In the coming months AL!VE members, SEI “hubs”, and SEI certified organizations likely won’t notice much of a change as we keep operations consistent during the transition. However, in the coming year, we hope to gather input from stakeholders to enhance and expand offerings for all audiences. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was recently released to secure proposals for a contractor or contractors to coordinate the Service Enterprise work. Service Enterprise will be funded initially through a grant from Points of Light, and long-term through hub licenses and fees, grants, and sponsorships. Membership dues will continue to be invested in programming and offerings for members. We look forward to this next chapter in AL!VE’s work, and the opportunity it has for the sector! If you have questions or feedback please reach out at

Join Us for Our Next AL!VE Academy!

Creating a More Inclusive Space for Volunteers

Presented by Darlene Laird,
HFHI’s Skilled Volunteer Strategy and Engagement Manager
and her colleague
Joshua Rogers, Beloved Community Engagement Manager

Learn more and Register here.
September 28, 2002 at 1pm Eastern 

No October AL!VE Academy: Come to the Hybrid Conference!

November & December AL!VE Academy dates will be announced soon.

Find Out More About the Session and Register Here!

Join an Upcoming Community of Practice!

Upcoming COP Dates: (all times listed in EST)
9/20, 2pm, Rural Communities
9/23, Local Associations (Social Media Strategies)
10/3, Book Club (new topic !)
10/4 Food Banks
10/5 Advisory Boards & Committees
10/17 Literacy (new)
10/17 Book Club
10/18 Rural Programs
Learn more about Communities of Practice and sign up via the AL!VE calendar.

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! 

We would like to add a Community of Practice for faith based organizations.  If you are interested in facilitating this COP quarterly, please contact Rebeccah,

Local Associations COP September 23

Third Quarter 2022:
September 23, 2022 @ 12:30 Eastern, 90 minutes
Social Media Strategies: New Ways to Attract, Engage, and Build Members

Register here

This presentation will contain two presentations tailored how your local association can use Facebook & Tik Tok.

Communities of Practice are an AL!VE member benefit; however, anyone is welcome to attend their first meeting with out being a member.  After your first meeting, you must join as a member to attend subsequent meetings.  

As always, you may forward this newsletter to your individual members.  


AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement

Looking for a subject matter topic for your upcoming DOVIA meeting?
The new AL!VE Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement are a great conversation starter and are sure to get your members brainstorming. The standards are designed to be applicable to volunteer engagement professionals at any level of experience and are adaptable enough to be used across different industries.
You’ve already achieved Standard #2 (Professional Volunteer Management and Professional Development) by being an AL!VE member and keeping up-to-date on best practices in the field. Go you! Check out more of the Standards and action steps here.
Want to request a speaker from AL!VE to present a more in-depth look at the standards virtually at your next DOVIA meeting? Let us know.

Learn More About the Standards Here

SAVE THE DATE: AL!VE Annual Meeting

AL!VE’s annual meeting will be held November 30, at 2 PM Eastern.  Per our bylaws, the membership shall be notified at least 45 days in advance.  Mark your calendars!  Registration and our agenda will open in September.

Coming in 2023: Presenter Boot Camp!

AL!VE’s Presenter Bootcamp: Launching our first cohort February 2023!

Are you a volunteer engagement professional seeking to elevate your virtual presentations? Do you have an idea for a topic or lived/professional experience but you don’t know how to turn it into a compelling narrative for a training? Do you freeze when tapped to lead educational content, or need to translate in-person training into engaging virtual experiences?

Learn More About Presenter Bootcamp Here!

Member Survey Coming Soon!

Watch your emails for your annual member survey!
The survey will be released this month; we value your feedback. Members who complete the survey will be entered for a drawing for a gift valued over $20!

Expand your Professional Development - Volunteer with AL!VE

We Want YOU!

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! 
Welcome to Ashley Rieser, Amanda Schmierer, Beckah Aisenbrey, Brandy Tolbert & Katelyn Noble who have recently joined committees! 
These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:‚Äč
  • 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.
  • Finance (Oversight and fundraising, grant research): We meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 1-2pm, E. Committee responsibilities include reviewing the monthly budget, identifying opportunities to generate revenue or decrease expenses and drafting an annual budget. If you love working with budgets and anything related to finances, this is the committee for you! If you are interested in joining the Finance Committee, please email Christi Brown  for more information. 
Visit our volunteer page to apply and get started!

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:
September 21, 1 PM Eastern
November 2, 3 PM Eastern
December 8, Noon Eastern 


Things May Look A Little Different

We're in the process of some website upgrades.  When you log into the members' only side of the website, your member information and tabs will now be at the top of the page.  If you need assistance to log in or have questions, please contact us. More updates to come to our website in the next few months!

*How did you like our new newsletter format! Feedback welcome.


Member Benefit: Portfolio Manager

Our Portfolio Manager has moved! After logging in to the Members' side of our website, you'll find your Portfolio Manager near the top of the page, as see here:

Learn More About Your Portfolio Manager Here!

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Thank You For Your Renewals!

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