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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ordean Building Conference Room B/C, 1st Floor 424 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
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    Volunteers seeking to share their workplace skills and volunteers being available for shorter commitments are the two top 2014 trends in volunteer availability from MAVA research. For many organizations, these trends are different from how they currently involve volunteers. Come to this session to learn more about the trends and how your organization can capitalize on them.

    Designing Shorter Term and More Flexible Volunteer Positions

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Increasingly volunteers are seeking shorter term and more flexible volunteer positions.  Whether we like it or not, this is one of the main current trends in volunteerism. Come to this session to explore how to re-designed volunteer positions for today’s volunteer workforce and hear tips from your peers. Learn and practice six strategies for re-designing volunteer positions for volunteers seeking shorter term and more flexible volunteer opportunities.

    Engaging Skill Based Volunteer

    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Many organizations are rethinking how volunteers can be involved in skill based and in higher level and leadership roles. With limited resources for staff, this is one of the few routes open to do more, or even keep up.  This session will:

    ·       Explore opportunities for involving volunteers in project leadership and skill based roles

    ·     Look at the complexities of volunteers being placed in higher skill based roles

    ·     Offer strategies for success in engaging volunteers in skill based and higher responsibility roles.

    Register for one workshop or both

    You are on your own for lunch between workshops

    • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Calvary Lutheran Church 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427
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    The scope of volunteer involvement within an organization hinges on the enthusiasm for volunteer engagement and the understanding of their contribution by staff at all levels, as well as their readiness to support and partner with volunteers. A groundbreaking 2013 MAVA survey pinpointed key staff concerns about working with volunteers. Perceived challenges included the time needed for supervision, concern about client confidentiality, and availability of volunteers with needed skills. How can you address these issues at your organization? Come to this program to:

    • Gain insights from the MAVA survey on organizational staff perceptions of opportunities and barriers to working with volunteers.
    • Learn about developmental stages of organizational readiness for work with volunteers, and identify where your organization currently is and where it could improve.
    • Hear from a panel of peers regarding strategies that have been successful at addressing myths about working with volunteers and overcoming barriers in staff readiness for volunteers.
    • Connect with volunteer leaders from organizations at similar developmental stages to your own and identify strategies to move to the next level.

    You will take home tools that you can use to address the key challenges staff hold about working with volunteers, and tools to develop a cutting edge strategy for inspiring staff to capitalize on volunteer resources.    

    Click here to download a hard-copy registration form.

    8:45- 9:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking, Raffle                         Opens

    9:30- 11:30 a.m. Moving Forward through a Shifting Environment

    11:30 – 11:50a.m. Break

    11:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony

    12:25 – 1:00 p.m Lunch & Raffle Drawing

    1:15 2:00 p.m. MAVA Annual Business Meeting
    • Friday, November 21, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

    Volunteer managers in most organizations would be considered to be failing in their job if the numbers of volunteer hours goes down from one year to the next. In many cases, hours are looked at as time that would have had to have been paid for or as associated with services that would not have been delivered had the time not been volunteered. Both can be false assumptions.

    This workshop will demonstrate how the more-hours-the-better focus can actually devalue volunteers and how to use a new model that includes cash costs and the consumption of volunteer hours as inputs and accomplishments as outputs.    


    Tony Goodrow is the president of Better Impact Inc. (, the pioneer of the Relative Impact Volunteer ROI model, and the publisher of (a free resource sharing site for leaders of volunteers). He has spoken at volunteer management conferences on five continents.

    The Relative Impact ROI Model Flyer

    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • Friday, May 15, 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

    2015 Conference on Volunteer Administration 

    Early Bird Conference Rate through February 2nd, 2015 $299/339
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