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MAVA's Work on Racial Equity in Volunteerism 

Many nonprofit and government organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they support.  

In response to this issue, in 2017 MAVA launched our Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative, a program focused on researching, identifying and dismantling the systemic inequities faced by BIPOC individuals when volunteering on a formal basis with a nonprofit or government organization.

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Welcome to the exciting and evolving world of volunteerism!

The Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) is a powerful force for leaders of volunteers across the state of Minnesota. Our vision is to be the premier statewide organization uniting, educating and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism. We connect, educate, strengthen and advocate for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities.

MAVA’s mission is to inspire excellence in leadership of volunteers to impact communities.

Nationally recognized for innovation, we unite members, conduct research to build capacity, and provide a respected voice for volunteerism.

MAVA is Minnesota’s only statewide, multi-sector alliance of leaders of volunteers MAVA brings leaders of volunteers together to connect, learn and lead.

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MAVA provides cutting edge research on trends in volunteerism and supplies tools for addressing challenges. Current initiatives include:
  1. Shorter-term volunteerism
  2. Promotion of improved civic engagement.
  3. A VISTA Corps to build the capacity of volunteerism.
  4. Service Enterprise, an organizational best practice certification program.
  5. Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series
  6. Annual conference focused on leadership and excellence in volunteer administration; and more.
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