The Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA) includes individuals and organizations who strengthen the role of volunteerism in the community and together form the membership association for volunteer engagement professionals.

About SAVMA’s Leadership

Members make up the leadership team. The leadership team comprise the board of directors and individuals that serve on committees. Members elect the Board of Directors through an annual nomination and selection process. Interested members, considering leadership positions should learn more here.

Mission: SAVMA is a professional association promoting excellence in the field of volunteer program management, providing educational programs, leadership, information and resources, networking opportunities and support to the volunteer community throughout Southern Arizona.

Who We Are

Members come from a wide range of organizations including; arts, culture and humanities, education, environment and animals, health, human services, international and foreign affairs, public and societal benefit, religious, and mutual benefit organizations. We even have congressionally mandated for profit members with volunteer programs, and corporate volunteer program professionals.  Member experience in the field ranges from those who are new to the field to those who have more than 40 years of experience in volunteer engagement.


  • Volunteerism
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism


First, individual members adhere to the SAVMA Code of Ethics.  Second, Organizational Memberships take the additional step to adopt the Code of Ethics annually at a board meeting. Additionally, individuals with their CVA designation from the Council of Certified Volunteer Administrators, further adhere to the Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration. 

Fundamental Principles

  • Volunteer Engagement Professionals: professionals in the field of volunteer program management are best at their jobs when they are trained, strategically integrated, part of a peer network and financially supported.
  • Volunteers are people: as VEPs we engage volunteers, but do not “use” them like tools. For that reason, we as individuals refer to them by name and never as “my” volunteer or “our” when the organization’s name can be referenced.
  • Volunteer Resources Program/Volunteer Services Program: This term is often used to classify the financials of centrally coordinated volunteer programs. It is preferred to assign costs of volunteer resources/services appropriately by program. Two options for calculation are square footage or time allocation.
  • Volunteers belong everywhere, so we prepare: Training, insurance and supervision should be a consideration for all staff no matter if they are paid or unpaid. Inclusion requires that all supervisors require basic volunteer engagement training.

Individual Industry Standards of Practice

The seven essential standards of practice establish the scope, activities, and accountabilities for individuals within the profession of Volunteer Engagement.

  1. Strategic volunteer engagement planning.
  2. Advocating for volunteer involvement (Internal & External Stakeholders)
  3. Recruit and Onboard a Volunteer Workforce
  4. Prepare Volunteers for Their Roles (Orient and Train)
  5. Document Volunteer Involvement (Supervise and Support)
  6. Manage Volunteer Performance and Impact (Continuous Quality Improvement)
  7. Acknowledge, Celebrate and Sustain Volunteer Involvement

The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration fully supports the standards (what you know) with competencies (what you do with what you know). The Competencies Framework clarifies and defines the full range of activities volunteer engagement professionals undertake in support of a full service volunteer program.

SAVMA’s Ecosystem Strategic Partnerships

We promote key strategic certifications, memberships, connections and institutions as a way to achieve our strategic directions. Organizations in alignment include:

  • Council on Certified Volunteer Administration (CCVA)
  • Association of Leaders !n Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE)
  • Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family (Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism)
  • ASU Lodestar (Service Enterprise)
  • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (CNP)
  • Volunteer Pro- Tobi Johnson (Volunteer Management Progress Report)

SAVMA’s Strategic Direction

We dream big locally, and for the profession. Check out our wildest dreams page.