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. Board members are elected by the membership through an annual nomination process. Members who are interested in a leadership or director position 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

Unquestionably with more than 100 members from 40 organizations, SAVMA is experiencing a period of growth. Members come from a wide range of organizations including; education, health, human services, housing, animal welfare, environment, religious and social benefit organizations. 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 management.


  • 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. 

Professional Standards

The seven professional standards guide the SAVMA professional development program. Standards describe not only what we know, but provide a philosophical framework for volunteer engaging organizations. This framework of standards help us to build capacity, be agile, resilient and better prepared to make impact on our missions while fully engaging volunteers. We do this through:

  • Strategic Volunteer Engagement Planning
  • Advocate for Volunteer Professionals and Volunteer Involvement (Staff Buy-In)
  • Attract and Onboard a Volunteer Workforce (Recruit and Screen)
  • Prepare Volunteers for Their Roles (Orient and Train)
  • Document Volunteer Involvement (Supervise and Support)
  • Manage Volunteer Performance and Impact (Continuous Quality Improvement)
  • 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.

Strategic Partnerships

SAVMA promotes key strategic certifications, memberships, connections and institutions as a way to achieve our strategic directions. Aligned organizations are included below.

  • 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)

About SAVMA’s Strategic Direction

SAVMA dreams big. Check out our wildest dreams page.