AL!VE Newsletter: March 2023
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

President's Message

AL!VE Board President, Michelle Raymer, CVA

As we continue to showcase the amazing leaders leveraging their skills to drive the mission of AL!VE forward, I’d like to introduce Christi Brown, AL!VE’s Treasurer.

I don’t know how many people get into the field of volunteer engagement by way of finance and banking, but I’m so grateful that Christi did! Christi, who also serves on the board of CCVA, is the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan Health where she is responsible for over 4,500 Volunteers and Interns. Prior to that she worked in banking, and she continues to put those skills to good use for AL!VE.

Christi led the process of “leveling-up” AL!VE’s finances through the identification and hiring of a CPA. Additionally, she is working to conduct a review of our financial policies and procedures to maintain consistency and accuracy in our processes. Her work will ensure AL!VE is set up for fiscal accountability and transparency for our board and membership for years to come. This sets AL!VE on a solid foundation for continued growth and success, and Christi’s unique skill set has been essential for making it happen.

Thank you for your service to the profession and AL!VE, Christi!


Join Us At Our Next AL!VE Academy Sessions!

Registration Now Open!

March AL!VE Academy:  Finding Your Spotlight
Presented by Corina Sadler, CVA
March 21, 2-3:30 PM Eastern

Register here.

As leaders in the helping professions we serve a unique purpose within organizations. We are simultaneously advocates for service, champions for staff support and a link to the communities we serve. Join Corina Sadler, CVA as she shares how finding and focusing her spotlight elevated her professional presence and created her unique voice for volunteerism. Learn tips to clarify, showcase and advocate for your career.

This presentation includes discussion on:
  • Roadblocks volunteer engagement professionals encounter when working to increase their visibility in the workplace Identifying core values and how to use them to create momentum.
  • How to determine what career goals you could set for yourself
  • How to overcome the fear of discussing your wins and successes as a professional
  • Tips for telling your professional story online to reach new eyes and bring your community closer to you.
  • How social media can help build a fan base for your work.

Announcing This Year's Hybrid Conference Theme....

Leveraging Technology in a Human World:
Inclusively, Responsibly, and Creatively

The generation of volunteers in the not too distant future will be very different compared to volunteers now.  How can we prepare our policies, programs and recruitment in an inclusive, responsible, and creative way that looks to leverage technology in a human world? 

We are excited to announce this year’s facilitator is Rob Jackson!

Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, a consultancy and training company that helps engage and inspire people to bring about change. Rob has almost 30 years experience working in the voluntary and community sector, holding a variety of strategic development and senior management roles that have focused on leading and engaging volunteers.
Rob has run his company since 2011 working with a wide range of clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada. Rob is co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook (DSC, 2012 and2019) and From The Top Down - UK Edition (Energize Inc., 2015).

Dates are confirmed for October 17 (Pacific & Mountain times) and October 18 (Central, Eastern, & Atlantic times)   

Registration opens late May 2023.   Click here to join the mailing list for updates and registration info! 

Spring 2023 Mentoring Program - Mentee Applications Being Accepted!

Emerging Leaders Mentor Program
April - September 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.

For more information about this program, commitments and requirements, etc., please visit our website here. The mentorship will commence during the months of April - September 2023.

While the deadline to apply to be a mentor has passed, there is still time to join the program as a mentee!

If you would like to be a mentee, complete the mentee application here.
Deadline to apply as a mentee: March 24th, 2023
SAVE THE DATE: Orientation for everyone will take place on Wednesday, April 5th, 12pm PST / 3pm EST.
If you have any questions, please contact Megan Vixie, Mentor Program Facilitator at

Roll Camera!

Check out our new member videos!  Hear from AL!VE Member Tim Suda about volunteering with AL!VE and helping the profession grow.  Many thanks to Dana Litwin, CVA of Dana Litwin Consulting for producing these videos.

Join an Upcoming Community of Practice!

Upcoming COP Dates

March 21, 2pm, Rural Programs
March 23, 4pm, Museums
March 27, 3pm, AmeriCorps Seniors *new*
March 29, 12:30-2pm, Local Associations - Financial Frameworks
April 4, 3pm, Food Banks
April 5, 1pm, Transportation
April 5, 3pm, Advisory Boards & Committees
April 18, 2pm, Rural Programs
April 18, 2 pm, Literacy
April 24, 2:30pm, National Networks
April 24, 3pm, AmeriCorps Seniors
April 26, 1pm, Animal Welfare

*All times listed in Eastern Standard Time

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

Upcoming Conferences

America's Service Commissions National Service Training Regional Events
America's Service Commissions, in partnership with state and territorial service commissions, is pleased to announce the dates for our 2023 National Service Training regional events. The theme for the 2023 trainings is “Expanding What's Possible.” If you are attending these events, look for an AL!VE representative at our sponsored table.  Stop by to say hello and pick up some AL!VE swag - watch for announcements for any AL!VE member meet ups!

March 21-23, 2023: West · San Diego, CA · Hosted by California Volunteers
May 2-4, 2023: Central · New Orleans, LA · Hosted by Volunteer Louisiana
May 15-17, 2023: East · Charleston, WV · Hosted by Volunteer West Virginia
June 7-8, 2023: Virtual
Visit for more information.

Points of Light - Registration now open!
Now’s the time to reserve your spot! Early bird registration for the Points of Light Conference 2023 is now open. You already know the value of attending, so register now. You’ll save an average of $100 by registering before March 31. Pricing starts at just $575 for nonprofits, $475 for Points of Light Affiliate Members and $775 for corporate audiences.
  • Experience more than 50 workshops with actionable takeaways led by industry experts.
  • Engage in compelling leadership discussions highlighting best practices in the social impact space.
  • Connect with 1,000+ fellow change-makers. 
Reserve your spot at the conference  by registering today!

Thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners UPS and Citi, Points of light is offering a scholarship for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) nonprofit professionals to attend the 2023 Points of Light conference.  Applications are open from March 1-31.  Click here to learn more.

AL!VE will again be co-hosting a networking event one evening and we will post more information soon.

Local Association Highlights

March Local Associations COP - Registration now open!
March 29, 1-2:30pm E

Register here!
If you attended a Local Association COP last year, you’re already registered!

Financial Frameworks for Local Associations
How does the status of your local association affect your filing status? Do you need to hire a CPA or conduct an annual audit for the IRS? How do you add checks and balances into your work for transparency?
Financial matters are one of the most talked about discussion topics in local association meetings, and we have put together a solid presentation to help you gain knowledge and give you a work plan to keep your local association on track. This will be a panel discussion with your peers who have nearly 50 years combined experience in leadership of local professional associations!
We will be sure to discuss the following areas:
  • Role of the board and treasurer
  • Budgets
  • By-Laws
  • Bank Accounts
  • Taxes and filing status
  • Local Government Documentation
  • Accountability
  • When do you need an external audit or CPA?
We will provide valuable resources to participants, so be sure to join us for this knowledge packed session on financial management for local associations.

AL!VE local association members can invite as many attendees as they like; within this registration you can register everyone!

Service Enterprise: Research-Backed Change Management Program

Kayla Paulson, Service Enterprise Administrator

For over more than a decade, non-profits have been leveraging Service Enterprise to help them more effectively & efficiently engage volunteers to deliver their social mission. Not only does this program combine a curriculum designed for a cross-functional organization team to invest dedicated time thinking about strategic volunteer engagement, but is is also guided by a self-assessment diagnostic tool that helps the organization narrow in on strengths and areas of opportunity for the highest impact.

As an organization participating in AL!VE’s Service Enterprise Program or just the Diagnostic and Debrief, you will have a cross-functional multi-level group of up to 10 participants take the Index of Volunteer Engagement based on extensive research conducted by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Engagement. Upon completion a report is created providing the organization benchmarking key drivers to effectively engage the community. To make the information and influenced outcomes manageable it is broken down by three domains: Establishing the Foundation, Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement, and Impact & Outcomes. Each domain is further divided into 4 characteristics. Within each characteristic there are multiple indicators and included suggestions for ways to continuously improve the organization’s practices.

To learn more about the Service Enterprise’s Characteristics and Domains check out this 5-minute video. If you want to find out how your organization can participate in the Service Enterprise Program or start off with the Diagnostic and Debrief, contact Kayla Paulson at ServiceEnterprise@VolunteerAL!

Volunteer With Us!

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! 

These Committees are seeking AL!VE members to join:​

Membership:  Membership Committee members have a 3-5 hourly commitment per month; meet monthly and work on projects independently.  Tasks Include: new member calls, developing member benefits, local association mentoring & handbook/development, developing member materials, and presenting member webinars. 

Visit our volunteer page to apply and get started!

Updates to the AL!VE Website

Not finding what you’re looking for on the AL!VE website? 

No worries - we’ve made a few changes to make things more accessible! You can now find Al!VE Academies, Better Impact & Hybrid Conference, Mentor Program, Impact Awards, and Presenter’s Bootcamp under the “Get Involved” drop down. 

All resources such as professional standards, advocacy, ethics, trends, DEAI, and general management under the “Resources” drop down.

Take a few minutes to scroll through the updated website; we hope you find it easier to use!

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

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.  We also are giving away some cool door prizes too !  The next one is April 10.  Register from our calendar.

Our second member social is a great time to just hang out, connect and network with your peers!  Need to get ideas or share a challenge or success?  Our topic for this session will be about discussing summer programming.  We will have some door prizes, too!  The next member social is May 24  @ 5 PM E and will last 45 minutes. You can also register from our calendar.


Membership Dues Increase as of January 1, 2023 - Additional Information

As of January 1, 2023, AL!VE Membership Dues and membership levels have changed to:

Individual or Agency (single) Memberships:  from $50 to $75 per year

Agency Memberships & Local Associations:  $125 for two full memberships; $60 additional

If your renewal date was in January or February, you may have already been billed at the old rates.  We will honor those renewal rates if you pay in full within 60 days of your renewal, After 60 days, it will go to the new rates. For multiple memberships for more than four individuals, please contact us regarding multiple member discounts.

If you have any questions about your billing please contact us. 
AL!VE will also provide a 'pay what you can' option for new members for whom cost is a barrier, for their first year of membership. The opportunity to donate to AL!VE to establish a fund for those who select 'pay what you can' is also now available.  For those members who have already donated, we thank you!  Please check out this article addressing equity here. so you may thoughtfully consider these options.

Don't Miss Emails from AL!VE

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If you need more assistance or haven’t been able to access the email please email so that we can follow-up and do another test email after has been whitelisted on your account.

Stay Up To Date On the Latest News

Don't forget to check out AL!VE's newsfeed on our home page for regular updates from our profession.  Here's what you may have missed recently to catch you up!

2023 MAVA Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference Call for Proposals

Volunteer Pro Releases 2023 Volunteer Management Progress Report

Americorps Release Civic Life & Volunteering In America Report

IAVE Releases World Impact Report

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!

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