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What We're Reading - May 2022

Staff | Published on 5/11/2022


MAVA VISTA Newsletter

Check out the new
 MAVA VISTA newsletter to learn about our VISTAs, their work, and what they’ve been up to. 

Rebuilding the nonprofit volunteer workforce

Recruiting and retaining volunteers at nonprofits has always been a challenge, and COVID-19 hasn't helped. What's the answer? Karmit Bulman, executive director of MAVA, recently explored the complex issue of today's volunteer shortage in her guest article "Rebuilding the Nonprofit Volunteer Workforce."  If you work with volunteers at your organization, you'll want to give this one a read!

How to Build a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Effective Policy Sector


For policy leaders who want to develop, research, influence, enact, and implement public policies to build a more just society, addressing this systemic exclusion from the policy sector is crucial. Public policy determines the quality of our lives, the opportunities we can access, and the rules we live by.”

What evil lurks within the online meeting house of horror?


Ready for a laugh about our virtual workspaces/work lives? Visit for a full accounting of all the ways online meetings can go wrong. Come for the survival tips, leave with your own online meeting mishap bingo board.

(Credit to Sondra Reis, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, for this great find!)

Points of Light's Newest Civic Engagement Research


For a worldwide perspective on the impact of the COVID pandemic, check Points of Light’s research series, “Civic Life Today: The State of Global Civic Engagement”. Five in-depth reports show key trends in civic engagement and provide actionable takeaways for businesses, non-profits, and individuals. Connect with all the reports or watch a webinar discussing the most recent findings.