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  • Forget the Elevator Pitch - a picture of elevator doors with a quote over it.

Forget the Elevator Pitch

Forget the Elevator Pitch Forget the elevator pitch, volunteer engagement professionals should rely on three big questions to tell your story. Before we get straight to the questions, let's be clear, the pitch does offer a helpful crafting concept that we shouldn't disregard. So we should start with the concept for those that are not familiar. The pitch concept, goes something like this...I'm a nonprofit employee/founder and I jump on an elevator. I am joined by a billionaire who seeing my name tag says, "I see you are with XYZ nonprofit, tell me about it." Nothing short of an Oscar worthy performance occurs in that 30 second elevator ride. Did I convince my companion to pull out his checkbook before the end of the ride? Even with a fresh take on the concept...swap elevator to Starbucks line, and checkbook to Zelle...it still isn't working for us. Partly because what we [...]

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Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help

Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help Global Volunteer Month begins April 1st every year, and if you are new to volunteer engagement, or find yourself with a backlog, simple volunteer appreciation help is top priority. Appreciation is an important tool in a Volunteer Engagement Professional's (VEP) retention toolbox. A simple act of appreciation can be the most memorable. The thank you note Customized, handwritten notes from a direct supervisor have the highest appreciation value. After reviewing your unduplicated 13 month volunteer roster, decide if you have the capacity to make this happen. If your roster is larger than 25 notes per employee supervisor, consider one of the following quick options: Take a photo of the staff holding thank you signs, "we love volunteers" or something personal to your organization. Upload the image Walgreens.com and use any of the photo postcard designs on the "Mail for Me." If you use a Retail Me [...]

By |April 1st, 2024|Categories: Resources and Samples|Tags: |Comments Off on Simple Volunteer Appreciation Help
  • Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition

Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition Sandra Maxfield is the Community Service Recognition recipient, lovingly submitted by Linda, Jennifer, and Tricia Lohse of the Tucson Foundations. Sandy, a Canadian transplant, embraced the Old Pueblo arts and culture and health and human services community as a community volunteer as soon as she arrived. While working in Michigan as a Registered Nurse, Sandy met Robert Maxfield during his medical residency. The two married and moved to Tucson to build a medical career and a family. Sandy fully adopted the Southern Arizona nonprofit community with her enthusiastic and influential volunteer leadership. As a governance volunteer, Sandy has served on the Boards of Directors for the: Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Amerind Museum, and Arizona Aerospace Foundation among others. Her years of governance work in policy building, outreach, and fundraising has inspired many new residents to engage in [...]

By |January 15th, 2024|Categories: Member Share, SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sandra Maxfield: Community Service Recognition
  • Community Service Recognition: Linda Down Reid Park Zoo Docent

Community Service Recognition: Linda Down

Community Service Recognition: Linda Down Reid Park Zoo honors retired educator and volunteer Docent, with Community Service Recognition: to Linda Down! As a volunteer Docent, Linda engages Reid Park Zoo guests by utilizing interpretive artifact stations and handling small animals, educating about species natural history, individual history, and conveying conservation messaging and actions; she is instrumental in furthering the Zoo’s mission “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.” Linda is also a Docent Mentor, training new Docents on a number of artifact stations, running the giraffe encounter, species and habitat conservation concerns, and in interpretive techniques. In addition to her daily volunteer duties, Linda routinely assists with special evening events educating guests and assisting staff with a number of tasks. Linda is proactive, and where she sees a need, she will take steps to become qualified [...]

By |January 7th, 2024|Categories: Member Stories, SAVMA Events, Sponsors, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Community Service Recognition: Linda Down
  • Mark Brown Community Service Recognition

Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition

Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition TEP proudly submits Mark Brown, for Community Service Recognition. He started as a Tucson Electric Power employee volunteer for the Community Food Bank, packing food bags in their warehouse. When the previous coordinator decided to take a step back, there was one clear choice for leadership. Mark stepped up and became the activity coordinator for the monthly event. He continued to organize dozens of TEP volunteers and their families. His consistent and sustained support, scheduling up to 12 months out, got him noticed. It was his dedication to the challenging work of packing bags and scheduling teams that brought an invitation to serve on the Community Food Bank Advisory Board. He held that position for many years, and now serves on the Executive Board as Vice-Chair and other committees. His leadership strengthened the CFB and TEP partnership by improving longstanding event engagement with the Letter [...]

By |January 4th, 2024|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Tags: |Comments Off on Mark Brown: Community Service Recognition

Proposed By-law changes to be introduced at the Annual Meeting

By-Laws Amendments to be put before the Association After months of discussion and review the Board of Directors has made several substantive amendments to the by-laws. Each of these amendments have been made to improve the sustainability of the leadership, increase transparency and accessibility to leadership roles, streamline the processes and to remove sections in conflict with state law. It is with these efforts in mind that the Board of Directors shall submit a motion to the membership at the Annual Meeting  “To accept the Amended and Restated By-laws as presented.” The redlined version of the document may be reviewed in its entirety here (2020 SAVMA Redlined By-laws for General Membership). Sustained Leadership Efforts Changing from a Vice President to a President Elect. The role of a President Elect will be to spend a year preparing for the role of Presidency. This additional leadership preparation time with the known expectation [...]

By |December 8th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on Proposed By-law changes to be introduced at the Annual Meeting

2021 Proposed Board of Directors Slate

The SAVMA Board of Directors is pleased to present your 2021 Leadership Team. Please be sure to register to attend the December 10th Annual Meeting and Mixer to vote on the following slate of officers and directors. Officers: President: Gina Hansen to remain unchanged President-Elect: Alexei Marquez to fill a vacancy Secretary: Heidi Urbina, to replace Jennifer Lohse Treasurer: Victoria Carlson, to replace Alexei Marquez Members at Large: Ken Briggs Meredith Bode Jessica Dennes Mary Leyva Angie McBride Alex Swain Read about Our Upcoming 2021 Proposed Leadership! Officers Gina Hansen (President): Gina Hansen is the Volunteer Resource Manager at Habitat for Humanity Tucson. She has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of volunteer engagement overseeing various volunteer programs, implementing new programs, outreach, event planning, public speaking, and training. Gina is a Service Enterprise Trainer, active on two nonprofit boards, has a small crafting business aka side hustle, and when [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on 2021 Proposed Board of Directors Slate

Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: 11/19 Program

Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek November Program We hope you join us online this Thursday November 19, 2020 from 3:30 – 5:00pm MST for: The Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: What Organizations Need to do NOW to Prepare.  Volunteering did not die in this pandemic, but the era when volunteer organizations could just count on volunteers joining and serving in pre-pandemic roles has passed. Volunteer organizations need to embrace change and innovate if they are to survive. They need to remain relevant and competitive so they can thrive in this era of disruption. Sarah Sladek, CEO, Sarah Sladek & Companies, LLC, XYZ University & Membership University, has developed a proven methodology on how to do volunteerism in the 21st century, effectively equipping volunteer organizations with the insights and tools they need to successfully grow volunteerism in this changing marketplace while providing guidance and a succession plan to future-proof any [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development|Comments Off on Future of Volunteering with Sarah Sladek: 11/19 Program

Board service…the next level of commitment to volunteerism!

Open Nominations Are Underway! Every person is right for leadership, every voice deserves to be heard and SAVMA Board of Directors is that Leadership Table. In less than 10 hours a month you can play a critical role in your own professional development and those of your peers. You can lead the way. Many hands make light work and with SAVMA in growth mode we need all hands on deck to meet our ambitious goals. Step forward by emailing SAVMATucson@gmail.com to self nominate. Officers President Presides at and leads general membership and board meetings Aids committee members in generating new ideas or finding solutions for challenges Serves as ex-officio on all committees President- Elect Presides in the absence of the President Provides succession planning support Serves as ex-officio on all committees as needed Secretary Creates, authenticates, and preserves minutes and other corporate documentation. Manages and certifies the validity of proxies [...]

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Board service…the next level of commitment to volunteerism!

Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs

Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs Nicole R. Smith, CVA, knows resilience is a vital tool for LoVs.  What is it exactly? Why is it so important? How do you build it? In this candid talk we will examine how to navigate the hurdles that you may encounter during your volunteer manager (leader of volunteers) journey to build the resilience needed for both you and your volunteer program grow and flourish. Join SAVMA and Nicole for the September 17, 2020 program, Resilience: a vital Tool for LoVs. Learning Objectives for the Program Setting small attainable goals Finding Your Voice Obtaining Institutional Buy In Building a Strong Support System Overcoming the urge to give up Presenter Biography Nicole Smith is a Panamanian-American, single mother, workforce development specialist, dancer, motivational speaker and published author of many inspirational journals including 101 Affirmations for Volunteer Administrators, Non-Profit Professionals and Professional Women (available for sale [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs

Nationally Renowned CVA, Gretchen Jordan to present a Members Only SAVMA Event 9/3!

Be Your Own Best Advocate: Top Ten Ways You Can Advocate for yourself, volunteers and programs  Although we know how important our role, volunteers and an engaging program are, we will always need to advocate why that is important to staff, the community, and prospective volunteers. Often the volunteer department is 'taken for granted' or mistakenly assumed from that person's last volunteer experience. Can simple and everyday advocacy elevate the stature of your volunteer department and agency's impact?  How can you practically and consistently craft messages and tactics that help promote a dynamic and engaging program that everyone should be a part of?  Are you able to speak up and out for your professional development and value at your agency?  We will examine answers to these questions.   Learning objectives: Learn the importance of advocacy and ways to make it second nature Craft a story or message that is compelling [...]

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Nationally Renowned CVA, Gretchen Jordan to present a Members Only SAVMA Event 9/3!

Join the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program- Applications Dues 9/4

Peer Mentors are the Answer! SAVMA Members have an Association Membership with AL!VE! So, if you are a member of SAVMA, you are also a member of AL!VE! and that includes the benefits of the: Emerging Leaders Mentor Program The Emerging Leaders Mentor Program is first designed to provide a platform for members to connect, and second designed to share best practices while positioning members as leaders in the field through ongoing professional development and skills building. Participants will be paired with AL!VE Mentors to receive individualized coaching and support. In addition, there will be monthly peer sessions pertaining to leadership development topics. For more information about the program, commitments, requirements, and timeline, please review this following FAQ link: AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program FAQ.  Applications are open now through September 4th.  Apply to become a mentee here.

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events, VEP Ecosystem Offerings|Comments Off on Join the AL!VE Emerging Leaders Mentor Program- Applications Dues 9/4

Still time to register for August 20th Program on the #BlaxFridayProject

Join us Thursday, August 20th from 3:30-5PM for our next SAVMA Program! Register Now. Meet the entrepreneur who built an accessible list of locally Black Owned Businesses for the Tucson community. Find out how and why Ashley La Russa with a team of Black Business Owners and Creatives developed the #BlaxFriday Project with a website, app, and virtual event to spotlight Black Businesses. It’s a success story you won’t want to miss at this pivotal time in history! The #BlaxFriday Project provides Tucson with a positive step forward towards recognizing the true value of our local Black Businesses and how, against all odds, they seek equity through economic empowerment. Find Black Owned Businesses in Tucson at www.BlaxFriday.com or Download Blax Friday from the App Store. Find out how the project was created and grew so quickly Examine the goals and how they are being accomplished Discover the value of dialogues through volunteers, virtual events and community outreach Ashley La [...]

By |August 18th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on Still time to register for August 20th Program on the #BlaxFridayProject

#BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)

#BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)   The music and performing arts industries asked that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices take center stage online on June 2, 2020.  An additional note of support was provided from organizers to ask that if you are muting yourself, please do not use #BlackLivesMatter as it defeats the purpose. We have several performing arts organizations that are SAVMA members as well as individual members wishing to understand how to support their volunteers or become better allies. We offer the above guidance from the organizers.      

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on #BlackOutTuesday & #TheShowMustBePaused (June 2, 2020)

Racial Equity Tools Because Black Lives Matter!

As the protests continue this first week in June 2020 across our country following the horrifying murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement officials, SAVMA members are furiously supporting their volunteers and their workplaces in a variety of ways. Here are a few of the noted tools and resources that members of the volunteer management community have brought forward to help Volunteer Managers understand the environment in which they find themselves. We hope you find them useful. The Racial Equity Tools Website About the Racial Equity Tools website, it is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Racial Equity Tools includes the merger of three [...]

By |June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Resources and Samples|Comments Off on Racial Equity Tools Because Black Lives Matter!

Join Us May 21st for Presenter: Chris Elsner of Globally Good!

Join Us for a Zoom Program (3:30-5PM) on May 21st for: It doesn't have to be a pain: identifying ways to work more effectively with volunteers Description: What is the most challenging aspect of working with volunteers? What are the parts of your job which are most exhausting? What do you wish you could spend more time on? How do you effectively communicate the impact of your volunteers? In this presentation, we'll help you identify the aspects of working with volunteers which are causing you the most pain and discuss what systems or processes could be improved to help minimize that pain.   Learning Objectives: Globally Good's goal is to provide volunteer managers and nonprofits with tools to make working with volunteers easier and more efficient so more time can be spent on engagement, retention, and recognition." Members will be asked to critically analyze how they currently work with volunteers [...]

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development|Comments Off on Join Us May 21st for Presenter: Chris Elsner of Globally Good!

2020 Census Digital Action Weekend: May 1-3 SAVMA Shout Out!

Last year at this time, SAVMA hosted the Census at a monthly program. This weekend marks the launch of 2020 Census Digital Action Weekend: May 1-3 and we have reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census: More than half of the households in our nation have responded – that’s nearly 80 million responses! As we recognize this achievement, we thank you for your support and ongoing effort to Get Out the Count, as well as your continued outreach to encourage self-response, especially among the hardest-to-count populations. We thank our partners, the public, and everyone who has helped to shape the success of the 2020 Census. We aim to count everyone accurately while we support efforts to protect the health and safety of the American public and the Census Bureau team. Current times are unprecedented, but they also present an opportunity to reach families digitally across the nation and work [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2020 Census Digital Action Weekend: May 1-3 SAVMA Shout Out!

How are we responding locally to COVID-19 and what are our needs?

SAVMA wants to support and learn from our community's Volunteer Engagement professionals..... In an effort to do this, we have created a short 12 question survey with a focus on what your organization and volunteer program is experiencing during this time of uncertainty. We hope to not only hear your feedback and voice, but also find out what we can do the same or differently in the future for our programs IF a similar situation arises. We plan to share the findings of this survey with all of our members on Monday, March 30th.  Thank you so much for the work you are doing to support your communities work which can be even more challenging in these uncertain times. We know there is an overwhelming amount of COVID-19 information out there, but we'd like to be specific to our community; we are stronger together, and we appreciate your willingness to [...]

By |March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on How are we responding locally to COVID-19 and what are our needs?

February Program Cancelled- We still have much to share

We are sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances we are not holding our February program today on Golden, but will reschedule for a future date. We had so much good news to share, so we are sharing it here: Announcements for February 20, 2020  There is training news, and leadership news, new CCVA exam dates, upcoming events, more program announcement and you really going to want to see it all! We apologize for the inconvenience and will see you in March!

By |February 20th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on February Program Cancelled- We still have much to share

TMC Healthcare leaders in volunteerism and community building

With the 2020 SAVMA Awards behind us we cannot stop talking about the inspirational stories of our volunteer honorees. Julia Strange, TMC Healthcare's Vice President of Community Benefit welcomed guests as our presenting sponsor. She noted how many of the organizations which have partnered with TMC were present in the room, speaking to the depth of the volunteer leadership in our community. She thanked the wonderful volunteers and their volunteer managers. SAVMA is grateful to TMC and Julia Strange for the underwriting support of the 2020 Awards and the upcoming SAVMA Fair on April 23rd at Reid Park Zoo.

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on TMC Healthcare leaders in volunteerism and community building

February Program (2/20): Get to Know Golden: A Better Volunteer Matching Platform for Tucson

The Volunteer Center at United Way has provided an online volunteer matching platform since it adopted the work for the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona nearly 10 years ago. We are transitioning a more user-friendly, app-based platform and are excited to share the product and demo the opportunity creation process for volunteer managers. Learning Objectives:  Attendees will learn the primary features of the Golden Volunteer App and how to create and promote opportunities to volunteer with their organization. Attendees will also learn how to walk volunteers through the process of downloading the app, signing up for volunteer opportunities, and checking in to their selected opportunities to track their hours. Presenter: Ken Briggs, Associate Vice President, Community Development at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Ken Briggs has been a teacher, teacher trainer, assistant professor and college administrator, nonprofit executive director and regional director, and now oversees financial wellness initiatives [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on February Program (2/20): Get to Know Golden: A Better Volunteer Matching Platform for Tucson

SAVMA Awards Sponsor Hughes Federal Credit Union will see you on 1/16!

Hughes Federal Credit Union will be in attendance as a Bronze Sponsor at the SAVMA Awards 2020 on January 16, 2020. Registration opens at 8AM with an 8:30AM program start time. Hughes Federal Credit Union believes in giving back to the community they serve. Every year, Hughes looks to help numerous local organizations that are just as dedicated to improving the overall well-being of their community as they are with financial support, giveaway items, adult and youth financial education, volunteerism, and much more.

By |January 10th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards Sponsor Hughes Federal Credit Union will see you on 1/16!

Raise the Bar Consulting not just a repeat sponsor!

Raise the Bar Consulting is not only a SAVMA Awards 2020 Bronze Sponsor but a SAVMA member and its principal, Jennifer Tersigni is annual program presenter as well. Raise the Bar Consulting, specializes in comprehensive fundraising, organizational development and interim executive solutions. The proud holder of an unanticipated 20-year fundraising career, Jennifer has helped 80 clients reach their goals, served as an interim executive eight times, and raised more than $85 million. Jennifer enjoys collaborating with leaders to transform organizations, develop new initiatives, build sustainable funding, and make a meaningful impact in the world. RTBC has worked with many types of organizations, including arts, education, disaster relief, human services, youth service, elder service, international organizations, justice and law enforcement, animal rights, faith-based organizations, LGBT initiatives, and environmental causes, as well as with entrepreneurs, small businesses and government agencies. They are proud to support the SAVMA Awards 2020 and look forward [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Raise the Bar Consulting not just a repeat sponsor!

Reid Park Zoological Society a member, sponsor and a winner all around!

We are excited to thank and celebrate the Reid Park Zoological Society as an event sponsor, a SAVMA member and as our event venue for the SAVMA Fair 2020 for volunteer recruitment and recognition.  In addition at the event itself on January 16, 2020 at the SAVMA Awards the Zoo Crew will be receiving the Youth award. We are looking forward to celebrating these amazing youth and the way they share their time and talents with the Zoo and community at large.  

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Reid Park Zoological Society a member, sponsor and a winner all around!

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

One of the largest volunteer engaging organizations in Southern Arizona is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Their mission is to change lives in the communities they serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow. Thank you to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for your dedication in integrating volunteers in all areas of your mission. Thank you for sponsoring the SAVMA Awards 2020. Your support of volunteers and those that support them is helping us build a stronger community!

By |January 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona’s top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (Arizona Daily Star)

Southern Arizona's top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (Arizona Daily Star) By Loni Nannini Special to the Arizona Daily Star  Jan 7, 2020 If your vision for 2020 includes volunteerism, the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association offers the perfect opportunity to kick-start your New Year’s resolution. The organization is hosting the 2020 SAVMA Awards and Workshop at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Celebrations about the impact of volunteers — along with inspiration and motivation for those who work with volunteers and those considering donating time and talent — are front and center at the event, said event chair Jessica Dennes. Read More

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Southern Arizona’s top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast (reposted from Arizona Daily Star)

Southern Arizona's top volunteers to be honored at awards breakfast https://tucson.com/news/local/southern-arizona-s-top-volunteers-to-be-honored-at-awards/article_c939f578-88b9-555b-80b8-5d9013154e8e.html By Loni Nannini Special to the Arizona Daily Star Jan 7, 2020 The Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association Youth Volunteer Group of the Year Winner is the Zoo Crew from the Reid Park Zoo. If your vision for 2020 includes volunteerism, the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association offers the perfect opportunity to kick-start your New Year’s resolution. The organization is hosting the 2020 SAVMA Awards and Workshop at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Celebrations about the impact of volunteers — along with inspiration and motivation for those who work with volunteers and those considering donating time and talent — are front and center at the event, said event chair Jessica Dennes. “Without volunteers, there are so many services within our community that wouldn’t get done, whether it is sorting food [...]

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AZ Lotus Corp. your media sponsor for SAVMA Awards 2020!

We were downright joyous when AZ Lotus joined SAVMA Awards 2020 as our media sponsor. We want to thank Arizona Lotus Corp. for their support of those that give their time and talent to our community and to those that support them.   AZ Lotus Corp with radio stations, KLPX, KFMA, KMXZ, KFFN, KCMT and KTKT  is proud to serve the Tucson community through support of non-profit organizations like SAVMA.  We enjoy creating strong, supportive community partnerships with our community partners.  AZ Lotus always  welcomes, with open doors to all non-profit organizations in the Tucson and Southern Arizona areas.

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on AZ Lotus Corp. your media sponsor for SAVMA Awards 2020!

Southwest Gas Corporation a winning combination SAVMA Awards 2020 sponsor and award winner!

Congratulations and gratitude are in order for our Corporate Volunteer Award winner, Southwest Gas Corporation. As sponsors for the SAVMA Awards 2020, they are supporting the professional development of volunteer managers throughout Southern Arizona and we are grateful. As award winners we are impressed with their own volunteer contributions. Thank you to Southwest Gas Corporation for sharing your time, talent and treasurer with SAVMA and the community at large!    

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United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona a Silver Sponsor bringing us a Golden Service

United Way strives to strengthen volunteerism and preserve the core American value of “neighbor helping neighbor.” They join the SAVMA Awards 2020 as a Silver Sponsor. In the fall of 2019, United Way introduced an easy way to find new volunteer opportunities with their new mobile app and online platform Golden! Golden makes it easy to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities in our community with just a few clicks or taps on a mobile device. They work with nonprofit partners across the community throughout the year to maintain a large and diverse mix of volunteer opportunities so anyone can find their perfect fit. Visit volunteer.unitedwaytucson.org to start searching! United Way we thank you for your dedication to our volunteers and to those who serve them!

By |January 6th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona a Silver Sponsor bringing us a Golden Service

Job Posting for Volunteer and Events Manager (Member Benefit)

This post is viewable to active members only please log in to see content. [memberonly] The original content of this post can be found on the SARSEF website. Job Title: Volunteer and Events Manager Reports To: COO Status: Full Time, Exempt Job Summary With SARSEF, every Arizona student has the potential to be a scientist or engineer solving problems big and small. We create opportunity for students to think critically and solve problems through science and engineering, but we couldn’t do it without our signature events or the volunteers who make it possible. As SARSEF’s Volunteer and Events Manager, you will plan, run day-of operations for, and evaluate our major events as well as build, grow and manage the more robust volunteer program we need in order to keep up with the growth of our organization. In both the event and volunteer aspects of the role, you will lead well-established projects and build new [...]

By |January 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Job Posting for Volunteer and Events Manager (Member Benefit)

SAVMA Awards 2020 Arizona Complete Health a noted sponsor!

Improving the health of the community one person at a time is the mission of Arizona Complete Health (AzCH).  has developed a Community Reinvestment Program. Did you know that volunteerism improves the health and well-being of our communities? AzCH did, and that is why they are Gold Sponsors for the SAVMA Awards 2020! Thank you to Arizona Complete Health for your commitment to volunteerism and those who support them! In an August 2018 article of the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled, “Volunteerism and US Civil Society”, Susan Dreyfus notes “Studies have also long touted the mental health benefits—including feeling more socially connected, warding off loneliness and depression, and lending a greater sense of purpose to life—for those who contribute their time, and more recent studies have begun to examine the physical health benefits of volunteering. New research from Carnegie Mellon University, for example, notes: “Older adults who volunteer for at [...]

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona sparkles as a Gold Sponsor!

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona creates a stronger community by connecting donors to causes they care about. The impact of the Community Foundation is a collective one, with funds being held by individuals, families, and businesses with unique interests, ideas, and passions to make our region a better place. Like Southern Arizona itself, their funds and leadership are diverse, with their collective work touching every aspect of daily life, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services, and so much more. We are delighted that the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona values volunteerism in our communities and has joined us as a Gold Sponsor to further support the professional volunteer management sector in our region.  On January 16, 2020 CFSA will join hundreds of Southern Arizonans to celebrate the most dedicated amongst us. Thank you for supporting our volunteers!

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Community Foundation for Southern Arizona sparkles as a Gold Sponsor!

Gold sponsor Tucson Electric Power has a culture of volunteerism

Volunteer service forms the heart of our corporate culture. TEP’s 1,500 employees play a direct role in strengthening their communities by donating thousands of volunteer hours to local charities each year. TEP’s Community Action Team (CAT) volunteers lead nearly 90 community events, drives or causes each year. Since their CAT program began in 1993, TEP volunteers have contributed more than 750,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes. At least one-third of their employees actively volunteer through CAT events or on their own. Their efforts ensure food pantries are restocked; provide clothing, school supplies and health care for foster children; raise money to combat diseases; and give individuals facing hardships an opportunity to rebuild their lives. In addition to organizing and funding volunteer activities, TEP also offers grants to support employees who volunteer for youth organizations such as 4H, sports teams, music and special interest clubs or camps. TEP received the SAVMA [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: SAVMA Events, Sponsors|Comments Off on Gold sponsor Tucson Electric Power has a culture of volunteerism

SAVMA Awards 2020 Keynote Sponsor Tucson Foundations brings Dana Litwin to Tucson 1/16!

Tucson Foundations is proud to provide underwriting support to bring to Tucson an expert in the profession of volunteerism, the former President of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Dana Litwin is a transformational coach, strategic advisor, and public speaker with a background in team building, environmental conservation and sustainability. Since 2002, Dana has guided organizations in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and nationwide to produce breakthrough volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as board and advisory committee development. Drawing upon 20+ years in improv theater, Dana delivers innovative, humorous and engaging keynote addresses and seminars, in addition to customized training, educational materials and multi-media presentations. SAVMA is excited to have Dana Litman join us in 2020 not only as our Keynote speaker, but she will also offer a workshop on How to Inspire, Fire, or Move Challenging Volunteers immediately following the recognition event, a separate ticket [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Awards 2020 Keynote Sponsor Tucson Foundations brings Dana Litwin to Tucson 1/16!

SAVMA event recognizes outstanding volunteers (Inside Tucson Business)

SAVMA event recognizes outstanding volunteers Tori Carlson, Special to Inside Tucson Business | Dec 20, 2019 Southern Arizona is home to thousands of warm-hearted talented people, passionate to help the community without a request for anything in return. Volunteers that help others are integral to our community and to organizations that rely on their assistance, dedication and input. According to the 2018 “Volunteering in America” report, one in three adults volunteered through an organization. Their help included fundraising, food donations and meal preparation, transportation and labor support, tutoring/teaching/mentoring and lending professional and management expertise. Read More

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TMC Healthcare SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor will see you there

SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor TMC Healthcare will be up front and center on January 16, 2020 at the Tucson Convention Center celebrating our 2020 Awardees! Program Volunteer of the Year – Steve Johnson (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Corporate Volunteerism Award – Southwest Gas Corporation Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year – Interfaith Community Services Youth Volunteer Group of the Year - Zoo Crew (Reid Park Zoo) Board Member of the Year – Scott Summerford (Interfaith Community Services) Volunteer Administrator of the Year – Gina Hansen (Habitat for Humanity) Program Details: 8:00 AM Registration 8:30 AM - 10:00 Program 10:30 - 12:00 Keynote Workshop *** New addition this year (requires a separate ticket) Tickets are still available at: https://www.savma.org/programs-and-events/events/#!event/2020/1/16/savma-awards-2020 SAVMA Awards are in their second year because volunteers are ESSENTIAL to the well-being of our community and it serves to recognize the extraordinary volunteerism of individuals, youth, and corporate volunteerism [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on TMC Healthcare SAVMA Awards 2020 Presenting Sponsor will see you there

NCAVA is Offering a $70: Basics in Volunteer Management course online!

The North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration (NCAVA) is pleased to offer the Basics in Volunteer Management course online. The course will cover volunteer recruitment, retention, risk management, recognition, etc. Jan. 14 – Mar. 17, 2020 (10 weeks). REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED & RECEIVED BY JAN. 10, 2019.. PLEASE NOTE: if these dates are not convenient, agencies/organizations with approximately 8 or more students can request a customized online class. After enrollment, there is no set time to "log on" each day. You can access the course from any computer with Internet access. Graduates of the class will receive one Continuing Education credit from Southeastern Community College (Whiteville, NC), 12 hours toward NCAVA certification as a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina, as well as several completed components of the certification portfolio. The tuition cost of the course is $70, made payable to Southeastern Community College. A handbook is required [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on NCAVA is Offering a $70: Basics in Volunteer Management course online!

Are You Ready to Work That Conversation With Molly McCormick on November 21st?

Join us for our monthly program from 3:30-5PM at Habitat for Humanity on November 21st.  Presentation: Work that Conversation! The Chemistry of Conversations "This talk introduces some tools of Conversational Intelligence®. So much of what we do and experience happens through conversations; from internal self-talk to external talk with family, work and friends. In this fun and interactive session, you will learn how to influence your conversations toward connection and trust. If you are wanting to build healthy, thriving relationships, teams and organizations, Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ) give us insight into how our brain responds during conversations, and how conversations activate our trust and distrust networks in our brain. Conversations either open us up or close us down. Learning about C-IQ gives us new conversational skills and insights about the hormones, Cortisol and Oxytocin which activate our ability in how we respond, interact and influence others. You will experience simple shifts [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Learning and Development, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Ready to Work That Conversation With Molly McCormick on November 21st?

Community Service Recognition submission is open now for SAVMA Awards 2020!

Those organizations committing to a Table Sponsorship or above, are eligible to submit a volunteer for Community Service Recognition at the upcoming breakfast on January 16, 2020. This recognition opportunity is a unique way to showcase a special volunteer in a meaningful way. Public, and formal praise of those who demonstrate extraordinary service in support of your organization’s work not only confirms their efforts but also inspires others in Southern Arizona to become more involved in our community.   You will be asked to complete an online form which will be used to obtain information about your volunteer that will be used for the printed event program and to highlight their service on the scrolling event screens before and after the event.   Each organization may only submit one volunteer or volunteer couple for this recognition (even if more than one table is purchased). You must provide the following information [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Community Service Recognition submission is open now for SAVMA Awards 2020!

Job Posting- Director of Development Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

Description: Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona is seeking a Director of Development to lead the stewardship of corporate, foundation, public, and community donors. The candidate must be innovative and passionate about Candlelighters important mission – Candlelighters supports, serves and advocates for children and adolescents with cancer and other blood disorders, their families, long term survivors, bereaved families, and the professionals that care for them. The successful candidate will engage staff, board, volunteers and families to maximize funding for Candlelighters in order to continue its role serving local children with cancer (other hematological disorders) and their families. Responsibilities: Prioritize funding needs for the organization and develop a clear case for support; Development and execution of a sustainable, long term fundraising plan including: Installing a broad-based annual giving program to sustain and grow operations Maintaining a healthy pipeline of major gift prospects Ensure that the contributed revenues meet or exceed [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Job Posting- Director of Development Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

No Meeting Today- October 17th See You 10/22

We will be skipping the October meeting so that we can focus on our October conference on the 22nd. When: October 22nd @ 9AM-4PM What: ‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year’s topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. Where: Habitat for Humanity Tucson (3501 N Mountain Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719)   In addition do not forget to check out our other upcoming events and programs!

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Time is running out! October 22nd Conference Just a few seats remain!

‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ Tuesday, October 22 – 9AM - 4PM MST Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave. It's like TED Talks meets late night talkshow, streamed right here in Tucson with 1000+ Volunteer Administrators participating from all over North America! 'The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond' is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year's topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Time is running out! October 22nd Conference Just a few seats remain!

The Future is Now – Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ Tuesday, October 22 – 9AM - 4PM MST Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave. It's like TED Talks meets late night talkshow, streamed right here in Tucson with 1000+ Volunteer Administrators participating from all over North America! 'The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond' is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year's topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Future is Now – Tech Trends Transforming 2020 and Beyond

Do You Know Your (Often Hidden) Role in the Revenue Pie? Come Find Our September 19th!

Join Us September 19th from 3:30-5PM for our monthly Program at Habitat for Humanity Presentation:  Your (Often Hidden) Role in the Revenue Pie: Volunteer Cultivation and Stewardship for Fundraising Success This session will showcase the ways that stellar volunteer "management" - mainly placement, retention, and recognition, as well as volunteer satisfaction, impact an organization's bottom line, and how your volunteer manager plays a crucial role in both the short and long-term success of your fundraising program. Professional Learning Objectives: 1. The importance of cultivation and stewardship to volunteer satisfaction and fundraising success. 2. Examples of cultivation and stewardship opportunities. 3. Connections between volunteerism and philanthropic action (especially your planned giving pipeline). 4. Ways you can effectively work with your CEO and fundraising staff (and show your hidden fundraising value). About Our Speaker: Jennifer Tersigni, MA, CFRE Jennifer Tersigni is the principal and lead consultant at Raise the Bar Consulting, specializing [...]

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Job announcement- Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Now seeking a Program & Volunteer Director. It's the perfect position for someone with the right blend of leadership in both areas. Because volunteers are central to the core client services, experience with volunteer recruitment and management really is a must. The job is posted on Indeed and ZipRecruiter. Please spread the word if you know of anyone who would be a great fit. https://www.indeedjobs.com/mobile-meals-of-southern-arizona-4e08c5a/_hl/en?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XWjLOi4YeVNLs_1WAXHb5RL3LCirA1HCiQ

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Jobs|Comments Off on Job announcement- Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Service Enterprise Initiative Information Session August 8th!

Come learn more on August 8th about getting your organization certified! The final cohort for 2019 will start in mid-September with the cohort's orientation. To join this group of organizations seeking certification by Points of Light Foundation as a Service Enterprise, apply here. Where it says "Please indicate the name of the organization that will be leading your SEI transformation..." click on Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. The group will be trained by members of the Southern Arizona Service Enterprise Trainer Corps. They come from Northern Arizona University's Civic Service Institute, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, American Red Cross, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Interfaith Community Services, and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. If you'd like to learn more, please attend a brief informational session on August 8 at 3:30pm at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, 330 N. Commerce Park Loop, in the Ironwood Room. If you [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Service Enterprise Initiative Information Session August 8th!

Do Not Miss the August 15th Program with Havala Schumacher from Census 2020!

Come Learn Why The Census Matters To Your Organization Presentation: Building Capacity Through Good Data: Why The Census Matters To Your Organization The 2020 Census is just around the corner. It will take the participation of our whole community to ensure that every person is counted once, only once, and in the right place. Census data is used to find critical programs used by the people you work with and serve, and will directly impact Arizona's congressional representation. Learn how your volunteers can make a difference, and explore how achieving an accurate count can benefit your community and organization. Professional Learning Objectives: Understand how Census data is used to fund critical services, from education, to healthcare, to infrastructure. Explore how you can leverage Census data to better serve your community. Create a plan for reaching out to those who may be difficult to count. About our Speaker: Havala Schumacher, Partnership [...]

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Reminder July Meeting is Cancelled

We were so hoping to have our happy hour this July, but unfortunately with all of our travel schedules and work conferences we decided to push it back to a time when we might all find each other in town and able to enjoy a mix and mingle. Please take some time off to rest and recover this summer. Caring for volunteers is such an important role in our organizations and we know you need a little self care too. We will see you in August!  

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reminder July Meeting is Cancelled

SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM

SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM Deadline is Absolute! MEDIA ALERT SAVMA Awards 2020 Volunteer Awards Breakfast January 16, 2020 8:00 am Tucson Convention Center Ballroom   Thousands of volunteers weekly share their skills, time and enthusiasm to hundreds of nonprofits, schools, churches and governments across Southern Arizona. Publicly celebrating and thanking them and recognizing the work they do to make our communities happier and healthier is a win-win for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your agency’s good work and the volunteers who make it happen! PLEASE take a few moments to nominate for one or all six of the award categories. https://www.savma.org/2020awardcriteria/ Nominations will be accepted for nominees in any of these Southern Arizona counties: Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County. Six major awards will be presented to individuals, organizations and/or groups whose volunteerism improve the quality of life in [...]

By |June 30th, 2019|Categories: SAVMA Events|Comments Off on SAVMA Nominations Open July 1, 2019- August 16, 2019 at 5PM

2019 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Workshop RFP

2019 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Workshop RFP Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family Deadline for Submission: July 26, 2019 Selection Notification: August 14, 2019 Summit Date: November 7, 2019 Request for Proposals Workshop proposals are requested from presenters that will engage volunteers, volunteer managers, civic engagement leaders, service-learning practitioners, public and private educational institutions, government agencies, nonprofits, youth groups, community and faith-based groups, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Members, Citizen Corps groups, service clubs, corporation and business leaders in preparing for a new age of volunteerism, civic engagement and service-learning in our communities. Summit audiences will include urban and rural participants and will represent various types of organizations and program models. We seek sessions that include beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All presenters should keep in mind the diversity of the expected participants and provide presentations that speak to specific audiences or to all. Criteria for Selection Sessions [...]

By |June 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2019 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Workshop RFP

Governor Doug Ducey’s 18th Annual Volunteer Service Awards Nominations Open

The mission of the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards is to promote an ethic of service and volunteerism and to recognize volunteer efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life for Arizonans.  Nominations will be accepted through July 1, 2019.  A statewide panel of judges will recommend the award recipients and an announcement will be made in October. The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism will host a reception to honor the 18th Annual Award recipients in November 2019. Overall Eligibility Criteria for Award: This award recognizes individuals and groups who have dedicated their hearts, hands, and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems within the state of Arizona.  Hours served for academic credit should not be included.  Please select the category that best applies to the nominee: Lifetime Community Service - Individuals who have exemplified the ideals of service for 25 years or more. Inspired  Adult Leadership - Individuals 18 years of age [...]

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Bummed you missed the Points of Light Conference in St Paul? Catch the Webinar 7/10/2019

July AL!VE Academy: A Recap of the Points of Light Conference and Update on the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement As a member of ALIVE, SAVMA can register for this webinar for free! We need one member to agree to host and coordinate this program at their site. Details about the Webinar are below! Description: Dana Litwin, CVA will moderate a discussion about the recent Points of Light conference in St. Paul, MN June 18-20.  In addition, Dana will give an update on the progress of the Alliance for Volunteer Engagement. About our presenter:  Dana Litwin, CVA, is a transformational coach, strategic advisor, and public speaker with a background in team building, environmental conservation and sustainability. Since 2002, Dana has guided organizations in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and nationwide to produce breakthrough volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as board and advisory committee development. Drawing upon 20+ years in [...]

By |June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bummed you missed the Points of Light Conference in St Paul? Catch the Webinar 7/10/2019

June 20th Program- A SAVMA Special- [Volunteer Pro Webinar Recording-] Messaging to Upper Management: How to Launch a Campaign of Influence

Local Moderator and SAVMA member, Alexei Marquez,  will facilitate our debrief and activities after we dive into a Special Volunteer Pro streamed presentation! In this 60-minute live recording, you will learn change management and internal marketing tactics you can use to gain better buy-in and support for volunteer services. This webinar was originally presented on November 30, 2016. In this 60-minute live recording, you will learn change management and internal marketing tactics you can use to gain better buy-in and support for volunteer services. Convincing decision makers to provide you with the volunteer resources you need to be successful can feel like an epic battle, but it doesn’t need to be. With a little planning and a clearly mapped strategy, you can educate leaders and change hearts and minds. Have no fear, transformations can take place in how organizations support their volunteer initiatives, but it takes advanced leadership skills to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 20th Program- A SAVMA Special- [Volunteer Pro Webinar Recording-] Messaging to Upper Management: How to Launch a Campaign of Influence

Days of Caring Project Submissions Now Open

This October 25 & 26 marks the 20th anniversary of United Way's Days of Caring. Days of Caring pairs local needs with caring residents to improve our community one project at a time. Project Submission is now open through August 9. Submit your project before July 12 to be entered to receive a $500 stipend. Click here to submit your project. *They're excited to announce a new, streamlined project submission process! Please complete the google form and they'll contact you with further information about the new website. Volunteer registration opens to the public August 28. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsorship Opportunities Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your passion for our community, inspire teamwork and be a part of building a thriving community.  Sign up to become a Days of Caring sponsor today. Email daysofcaring@unitedwaytucson.org for more information. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Last year, nearly 4300 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to complete [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Days of Caring Project Submissions Now Open

Join Us May 16th at 3:30PM to prepare for Days of Caring as we learn how to create a meaningful project

This May 16, 2019 at 3:30, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, join us for our monthly SAVMA professional development program. United Way's Days of Caring is our community's single largest volunteer event and this Fall will the the 20th annual event. In 2018, nearly 4300 volunteers completed more than 100 community projects. Whether your organization has participated every year or never before, this presentation will offer helpful tips to craft a meaningful volunteer experience that will stand out amongst a hundred other opportunities. Days of Caring is a great way to engage potential volunteers or donors and is a great way to collaborate with dozens of other local nonprofits to benefit the community as a whole. Professional Learning Objectives: Understanding how to build a community collaboration Develop and create a group volunteer event Build ongoing ties with community leaders Our Presenter Meredith Bode is the Community Engagement Manager for the United [...]

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VolunteerSoAZ Fair! Do Something ZOOpendous for Your Community on April 11th!

On April 11th from 5PM-7:30PM join us at the Volunteer SoAZ Fair and Celebration. It will be our largest recruitment and celebration event ever. Learn about organizations doing valuable work in our community and find ways to get involved. More than 30 local organizations. *Enjoy free admission to the Reid Park Zoo *Animal Encounters *Rides *Live Music by “Tonight’s Sunshine” *Cash Bar *Cafe will be open

By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 7-13) Preparation Workshop 3/21

As volunteer managers you possess a valuable collection of experience and expertise on this topic because your job demands creativity, resourcefulness and overcoming the challenges of working with a diverse group of volunteers. Let us help each other build better strategies for appreciating our volunteers’ efforts. Bring the stories of your successes and duds and we will examine the different ways you each appreciate your volunteers (through recognition, rewards, retention) and we will discover the answers to these questions together” Recognition: How do your volunteers know that you and/or your organization appreciate their time, efforts and talents? Rewards: What do you do to reward the efforts of your volunteers? What types of rewards? Retention: What are your strategies for retaining good volunteers?  How do you work with those who don’t work out? We will explore why some things work well and some not so much…just in time for Volunteer Recognition [...]

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SAVMA Awards 2019, an inaugural Event a Smashing Success!

SAVMA Awards 2019, an inaugural Event a Smashing Success! On January 17, 2019, we successfully welcomed more than 50 unique nonprofit organizations to the celebrate volunteerism in Southern Arizona! We acknowledged nearly 400 registrants and 28 sponsors at our inaugural event. We received very positive feedback from attendees and are looking to 2020 to recreate the magic of the celebration at the SAVMA Awards on January 16, 2020. Highlights include: 320 attendees, 20 honorees and 5 major awardees (with over 50 nominations submitted)! We didn't just celebrate our volunteers, we celebrated our Volunteer Administrators! Keynote Speaker, Vicki Clark, spoke about her early career as a Volunteer Administrator, when she was learned the ropes and was the "most inspired." She also was met with a room full of applause when she noted that "Independent Sector released the 2018 value of volunteer time of $25.43. That's their assessment of the value [...]

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2/21 Program-A Professional Nudge – What’s in a CVA and how can it help your professional development?

Presenter, SAVMA Member, and CVA Tori Carlson-Foscz Tori Carlson, Photo Credit: Carlos Chavez Photography   Professional certification signals a commitment to excellence. It confirms that individuals have the knowledge needed to competently attract, onboard and support volunteers. Certification promotes personal confidence, and helps employers hire, verify and reward relevant expertise. Learn about the CVA and how SAVMA can help support you in your pursuit of a CVA. Tori enjoys serving the volunteer community working as Volunteer Resources Manager for Interfaith Community Services for nearly 5 years.  She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) through CCVA whose goal is to advance excellence in volunteer administration by delivering professional certification and advocating ethical practice.  In 2018, Tori received an appointment by the Governor’s Office as a Commissioner on Service and Volunteerism. She is also currently in training with United Way as a trainer for the Service Enterprise Initiative, a certification [...]

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2019 Southern Arizona Volunteer Recognition Awardees Announced

On January 17, 2019 at 9AM at the Tucson Convention Center we will honor the volunteer service of the award winners below! Volunteer of the Year- Mary Ohrazda Youth Volunteers of the Year- El Rio Teen Reproductive Health Access Project Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year- Literacy Connects Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year- Tucson Electric Power Company Volunteer Administrator of the Year- Theresa Ulloa   Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year: Mary Ohrazda   Mary was nominated by Morgan Wells, for her voluntary service to the Tucson Museum of Art In-School Program. She has been volunteering with TMA for the last 26 years. After serving as a Docent at the TMA for only one year, Mary was asked to create and organize a program to provide art education and activities to students in the Tucson Public School system. Over time, the In-School program expanded to offer five different programs [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2019 Southern Arizona Volunteer Recognition Awardees Announced

November 15th- Best Practices for Training Volunteers with Jessica Dennes

Join us on 11/15 at 3:30PM at Habitat for Humanity for a Workshop on Best Practices for Training Volunteers As presented at last year's National Center for Families Learning Conference, this workshop brings people together to learn and discuss best practices for training their volunteers. Jessica Olivares Dennes is a former language arts teacher and educational consultant. After moving to Tucson five years ago, she began working at Literacy Connects where she became the Volunteer Manager and Trainer for the Reading Seed program, training and supporting over 500 volunteers annually for almost 5 years. Over the last few years, Jessica has presented workshops at local, national and international conferences on topics related to education, literacy and training practices. She is currently working as a quarter-time volunteer coordinator for The Village Church as she stays home to raise her new baby boy.  She holds a masters in Teaching and Teacher Education [...]

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October 23rd Leading the Way Not Managing the Day

'Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day' Hybrid is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC.  Now in its fourth year, this year's topic will explore how leaders of volunteers can move from managing to LEADING.  Our streaming event will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.   This year's presentation team: Dana Litwin, CVA – Host and Moderator Dana is a public speaking and management professional with background in environmental conservation; 13 years’ experience building  volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as developing relevant training and educational materials, and presentations.   She is a Board member representing the (Pacific Region) Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). Member of National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG). Dana is Certified in Volunteer Administration (Council [...]

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Nominations Due November 15th for Recognition Event

Media Alert Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Awards return to Southern Arizona. Volunteer Awards Breakfast January 17, 2019 8:30 am Tucson Convention Center Thousands of volunteers weekly share their skills, time and enthusiasm to hundreds of nonprofits, schools, churches and governments across Southern Arizona. Publicly celebrating and thanking them and recognizing the work they do to make our communities happier and healthier is a win-win for all. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your agency’s good work and the volunteers who make it happen! PLEASE take a few moments to nominate for one or all five of the award categories. https://www.savma.org/2019-volunteer-recognition-event/   Nominations will be accepted for nominees in any of these southern Arizona counties: Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County. Southern Arizona Volunteer of the Year Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year Youth Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group Volunteer Administrator of [...]

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nominations Due November 15th for Recognition Event

September 20th Program- #MeToo: Lessons Learned from Celebrity Accusations

Please encourage Executive Directors and HR Directors to attend! Join us for our September professional development program presented by local employment attorney, Tim Medcoff. This innovative, useful and free anti-harassment seminar will equip you with the necessary tools and support you’ll need to handle complex sexual harassment issues and complaints. Celebrity accusations have led to the #Metoo movement resulting in increased sexual harassment allegations. The outbreak of allegations and heightened public awareness place renewed importance on reviewing policies and procedures while performing thorough investigations to ensure the workplace is safe and productive. Employers, management, and Human Resources professionals must comply with their fiduciary and legal responsibilities. Geared to owners, executives, managers, and Human Resources professionals – this seminar will provide real-world, hands-on advice. Participants will learn the legal elements of a harassment claim, the components to successfully defend a claim, effective investigation techniques, media strategy planning, and much more. Presenter, Tim Medcoff is an [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on September 20th Program- #MeToo: Lessons Learned from Celebrity Accusations

August 16th Program: Meet your local Volunteer Match!

Join Rachel Cheeseman, August 6, 2018 at 3:30PM for a presentation on the local volunteer matching software used by the Volunteer Center. Rachel is the volunteer engagement manager for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. She has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has worked in refugee resettlement as an AmeriCorps VISTA as well as in the community philanthropy sector in Iowa and Arizona. She has a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago.   GetConnected is a volunteer engagement platform hosted by United Way to connect local volunteers with agencies in need of helping hands. This presentation will help you discover if your agency is on the platform (or create your own agency profile!), update contact information for your agency, create new needs, and run reports! Learning Objectives: Create and edit agency profiles, create and edit agency needs, run simple reports.

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on August 16th Program: Meet your local Volunteer Match!

July 19th- Happy Hour and LinkedIn Presentation

Please join your peers at the annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour. Back by popular demand, Rachele Peterson, Executive Director, University of Arizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Program will present an overview on using LinkedIn personally and professionally. She will remain on hand to review your LinkedIn profiles and compare to your resumes, so be sure to bring a copy of your resume. One lucky person will be selected for a free Organizational SAVMA membership.

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March 15th 3PM-5PM- Celebrate, Appreciate, & Thrive!

Please note the early time! Location is still Habitat for Humanity.  A Brief Welcome from a Very Special Guest joining us all the way from Oregon: Gretchen Jordan, CVA Gretchen Jordan, CVA, is the AL!VE Association Manager.  She will give a short presentation on what's happening on the national level on Volunteer Engagement issues and share her Top Ten Tips for Advocating for yourself, your professional development, and your program. As you all know SAVMA is a member of AL!VE which is the only national professional organization for those who manage or lead volunteers. This Super Special visit from AL!VE is not something you will want to miss.   Stop Doing the Same Old Thing for Recognition! Recognition is the single greatest missed opportunity by most volunteer managers. If you're still doing the same event or giving a tchotchke as the way to recognize your volunteers, you're are missing the chance to [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on March 15th 3PM-5PM- Celebrate, Appreciate, & Thrive!

Job Announcement- Adult Basic Literacy Volunteer Manager and Trainer

Literacy Connects seeks dedicated people with a passion for literacy, education and community collaboration to join our team. As the largest not-for-profit literacy provider in Arizona, Literacy Connects provides diverse education and arts-integration programs that help people of all ages reach their potential. The Adult Basic Literacy (ABL) program trains and supports volunteers to teach basic reading, writing and problem solving skills to adult learners. The Volunteer Manager and Trainer is responsible for assisting the Basic Literacy Program Director in the day-to-day running of the program, supporting students and volunteers, and providing foundational training and ongoing learning opportunities for volunteer instructors. The employee is also involved in designing and planning the evolution of the ABL program. This includes, but is not limited to, design and implementation for modification and/or growth of the program to meet the needs of our students, as well as data collection and analysis for program improvement. Learn more...

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February 15th Program- Service Enterprise: Leveraging Volunteers for Impact

Bring your Executive Directors! We will be learning about an organization wide process to maximize the power of volunteers to better meet our missions. The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national change management program, led by Points of Light, that helps organizations better meet their missions through the power of volunteers. Through a comprehensive assessment, training, coaching and certification model, nonprofits are equipped to engage and manage volunteers more effectively to meet community needs. Research shows that nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises are equally as effective as their peers but at almost half the median budget, and are significantly more adaptable, sustainable and capable of going to scale. The Service Enterprise program is based on rigorous research, and the process includes an application, diagnostic, training, coaching and certification, and is illustrated by the process wheel below. The time it takes an organization to complete this process can vary between six months [...]

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January 18th Program- Tapping Into the Power of an Effective Volunteer

You won't want to miss this topic! Tapping Into the Power of an Effective Volunteer The most important audience to engage with as a non-profit are your true believers – your volunteers.  Build and sustain a volunteer communications plan that will bolster internal and external goals. What you will walk away with: Gain an understanding of and the skills to construct, monitor and measure results from a volunteer communications plan.  This requires a unique combination of professional PR tactics and community building.  Along with learning how to combine these elements, you’ll also learn how to determine the specific, measurable results you want and which will support your choice of strategic tools. SAVMA's Monthly Meeting will take place THIS  Thursday on January 18th, 2018 At Habitat for Humanity 3501 North Mountain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. From 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.  You won't want to miss this topic! Tapping Into the [...]

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December 7th- Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

SAVMA Members and Not-Yet-Members are invited to join us as we review our successes and challenges in 2017, vote in our 2018 leadership, and enjoy each other's company with a catered lunch. We have a little gift for our members this year, so please RSVP today. Members are free, but not-yet-members will have a minimal cost of $15.00. Please RSVP now. If you are unable to attend and need to vote by proxy, please submit to the Secretary ASAP.

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November 16th Program- Understanding and Supporting Your Board of Directors as a Volunteer Manager

The most critical volunteers in nonprofit organizations are often the most mysterious. Board Members have big jobs, but what do they really do? How can Volunteer Management help them do it? What does it mean to be a fiduciary? What does it mean to have a rubber stamp boad? Come peek behind the curtain and learn about the board of directors , their jobs, and how Volunteer Management can best support their work in a meaningful way. What you will walk away with: - Understand the 3 Legal Guiding Standars - Understand the 10 basic responsibilities of boards of directors - Understand the Board Building Cycle and how Volunteer Management can help Presented by SAVMA President, Jennifer Lohse Jennifer has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American [...]

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October 19th-Tapping into the power of an effective volunteer communications plan

The most important audience to engage with as a non-profit are your true believers – your volunteers.  Build and sustain a volunteer communications plan that will bolster internal and external goals. Gain an understanding of and the skills to construct, monitor and measure results from a volunteer communications plan.  This requires a unique combination of professional PR tactics and community building.  Along with learning how to combine these elements, you’ll also learn how to determine the specific, measurable results you want and which will support your choice of strategic tools. Elaine Walsh founded E Comm International, Inc. in 1995. The mission of E Comm International, Inc. is to give customers marketing and sales with accountability and velocity and to do it today. Not someday in the future. Every organization is a story telling organization. You have a unique story to tell. Be in charge of your story to create compelling sales [...]

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October 24th One Day Conference- Member rate $40

It's like TED Talks meets late night talk show, a streaming conference on accepting, and managing change! October 24th 9-5PM. SPACE IS LIMITED Register Now!!!!! Hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA Session Topics & Speakers: Barbara Harrington, Sponsorships Plus : Overcoming the Challenges in Change Carol Dixon, Providence Health Care:  Navigating Organizational Change Andy Fryar, OzVPM: Change in Your Professional Career Erin Spink:  The Pending Changes in Society This hybrid conference will be hosted by SAVMA locally while live streaming the presenters. SAVMA Member, Sven Olson of Agape Hospice will facilitate local engagement and will give his famous presentation on Self Care for Mortals. AL!VE will be coordinating the speakers, handouts and content. Register Now!!!!!

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September 21st Program- Remarkability…the key to personal and business success

Bob Shaff founded his firm, Customers for Life Consulting in 1992. Customers for Life Consulting is a marketing consulting firm, dedicated to helping clients improve customer and employee satisfaction, engagement, and loyalty. Customers for Life Consulting assists clients to get better faster than their competition by engaging their employees and by helping them to provide Remarkable Experiences for their customers. Bob speaks on the topics of customer loyalty and Remarkability at corporate events and to companies seeking to improve customer loyalty and employee engagement. Bob is a member of the National Speakers’ Association. Prior to this, Bob was the Manager of Marketing Operations for IBM Corporation, providing sales and service support for IBM customers throughout Southern Arizona. During Bob’s IBM career he held multiple sales and marketing management positions in the banking, finance, health, and government industry groups for IBM. As an IBM marketing representative, Bob earned selection as IBM’s [...]

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Registration is Open- ALIVE Hybrid Conference 10/24/2017

SPACE IS LIMITED Register Now!!!!! Hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA Session Topics & Speakers: Barbara Harrington, Sponsorships Plus : Overcoming the Challenges in Change Carol Dixon, Providence Health Care:  Navigating Organizational Change Andy Fryar, OzVPM: Change in Your Professional Career Erin Spink:  The Pending Changes in Society This hybrid conference will be hosted by SAVMA locally while live streaming the presenters. SAVMA Member, Sven Olson of Agape Hospice will facilitate local engagement and will give his famous presentation on Self Care for Mortals. AL!VE will be coordinating the speakers, handouts and content. Register Now!!!!!  

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August 17th Program- Everything You Wanted to Know About Budgeting, But Were Afraid to Ask

At this month's SAVMA meeting, Kevin Marshall, will present Everything You Wanted to Know About Budgeting, But Were Afraid to Ask. Budgeting is not only for the bean counters.  It takes money to manage a volunteer program. Volunteer Managers should be able to forecast expenses and communicate the need for support to decision makers within the organization. Learning Objectives & Participant Outcomes: Learn how to determine your ROVI – Return on Volunteer Investment Be able to measure the true costs of your volunteer program Learn how to advocate for your budget needs Kevin Marshall has been a successful accountant for over 20 years, providing clients throughout Arizona with superior accounting and bookkeeping services. An avid member of the Tucson and Phoenix entrepreneurial communities, Mr. Marshall’s innovative way of doing business has received national recognition from news organizations such as: CNN, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Renowned in the accounting industry [...]

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Tucson Electric Power Supports Volunteer Management in a Big Way!

TEP has generously provided a $1,000 grant to support the work of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association as SAVMA's 2017 Underwriting Sponsor. TEP has been a long standing supporter of SAVMA and of volunteerism throughout their service area. Funds from the grant will be used to support the professional development needs of the SAVMA membership. TEP’s dedication to service goes beyond providing safe, reliable power. The company’s vision statement is to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. This philosophy is woven into the employee culture at all levels of the organization, from senior management to field employees, power plant operators, customer service representatives and all others within the organization. From serving on local boards of directors to volunteering with their community partners, TEP employees play a direct role in strengthening the places where they live and play. They strive to do more for their customers, [...]

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July 20th 4-6PM- Join us for our annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour

Please join your peers at the annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour. This year we will have a brief presentation by a resume expert. She will remain on hand to review your resume and discuss the tips and tricks for landing your next job, so be sure to bring a copy of your resume. There will be a gift card raffle and one lucky person will be selected for a free Organizational SAVMA membership.

By |July 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on July 20th 4-6PM- Join us for our annual Fun in the Summer Happy Hour

October 24, 2017- Save the Date- ALIVE Hybrid Conference

NOW ANNOUNCING BETTER IMPACT & ALIVE'S VIRTUAL HYBRID CONFERENCE October 24, 2017 (10AM-5PM) Hosted by Dana Cory Litwin, CVA Session Topics & Speakers: Barbara Harrington, Sponsorships Plus : Overcoming the Challenges in Change Carol Dixon, Providence Health Care:  Navigating Organizational Change Andy Fryar, OzVPM: Change in Your Professional Career Erin Spink:  The Pending Changes in Society This hybrid conference will be hosted by SAVMA locally while live streaming the presenters. AL!VE arranges for the speakers, handouts and content. There will be a cost for the event and SAVMA members will receive a discount.

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on October 24, 2017- Save the Date- ALIVE Hybrid Conference

June 15th- Setting metrics to benchmark your success

Oh no, we have a last minute change in speaker. Unfortunately Allison Titcomb will not be able to join us this month to discuss benchmarks and volunteer outcomes. However, your Membership Committee has a plan and we need you to attend! Tori Carlson, Volunteer Manager at Interfaith Community Services, SAVMA Member, and brand new Certified Volunteer Administrator, will host an interactive workshop on identifying metrics. Participants will engage with the CVA Competency Framework to identify Key Performance Indicators that are being used by SAVMA members. You will have a chance to discuss your challenges in setting metrics and to find solutions from your peers. Jennifer Lohse will be on hand to facilitate this work so we can leave the room with a document of sample goals with Key Performance Indicators aligned with the CVA competencies. This tool will be available for SAVMA members only following the meeting or for those [...]

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Heather Hiscox Wowed a Full Crowd with Talk of Innovation!

On May 18th, Heather Hiscox a recognized leader and innovator in the startup and nonprofit sectors, presented to more than 20 Volunteer Management Professionals. She introduced Lean Innovation and the concepts of making impact by understanding customer empathy and experimenting with solutions to their problems. A copy of her presentation can be found in the Members Only section of the website. In addition Heather provided a few links for inspiration:  Short video refresher of what Lean Innovation is and its impact within other organizations Podcast with San Diego Food Bank VP of Operations Vanessa Moore sharing their experience using Lean Innovation to reinvent their volunteer program Podcast with the Southern Arizona Family Support Alliance’s Director Cholpon Rosengren about the Alliance’s journey applying Lean Innovation principles to their biggest challenges Blog post about how innovation can come from anywhere in an organization Heather provides services and coaching to the nonprofit sector in the areas of:   [...]

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SAVMA Votes to Join ALIVE! (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement)

Active members of SAVMA will now receive the following Group Membership Benefits. Quarterly Networking Meetings, held virtually on a variety of topics.  Past topics have included Membership and Marketing, Social Media, and Revitalizing your Organization. Check our calendar for future discussion topics.  Meeting notes, resources, and handouts are posted in the 'file archive' section of our website. Be a part of a national network for advocacy, communication, and action. A resource library on our members only file archive - your group is welcome to contribute!  Find templates for conference budgets, peer recognition, marketing, etc. For new groups, we can create a temporary webpage for your group under AL!VE's website until you can establish your own website. Opportunities to partner with your local conference; a board member may be able to present for low or no cost; help with promotion via our website, calendar,  and social media tools. Free promotion and [...]

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Collegiate Membership Added to SAVMA Offerings

A new $25.00 per year membership category has been added for college students. Membership in this category is open to students in a two- or four-year degree granting, certificate, or diploma program at an accredited college or university. The following member benefits apply to this new category. SAVMA can benefit you! Networking with colleagues and access to experts in the field Inspiration for meeting the challenges of today Support for those seeking their Certified Volunteer Administrator Certification Access to Peer Mentor Program Benchmarks for success and future growth Displays your commitment to ethics and accountability in volunteer management Member discounts to trainings and events Association with ALIVE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) and access to their trainings and events Access to Webinars and Member only content Résumé building

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Collegiate Membership Added to SAVMA Offerings

Your Association Needs You- Committee Leadership Boosts Engagement and Professional Development

The SAVMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Committee structure and we are inviting you to participate. This is a great way to engage with your peers and to take an active role in strengthening volunteerism in our community. Committees meet every other month for one hour, because we know your time is valuable. We are Volunteer Managers after all. An overview of the work of the committees is below, but the charters can be found in the Policy Section of our website. Those interested in working with this enthusiastic team can contact us through the website. Communications Committee: Purpose shall be to communicate with SAVMA’s membership and local media through the integration of the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and service delivery activities. Membership Committee: Purpose shall be to recruit, retain, and support the membership of SAVMA. Programs and Events Committee: Purpose shall be to coordinate monthly professional development and [...]

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April 20th Storytelling for Impact with Ann Eve Dingell

Effectively capturing and sharing the stories of your volunteers, service recipients, organization history, etc., can make the difference between just plugging along and the ability to build strong, dynamic and passionate relationships to support your mission.  Whether you are looking to build volunteer engagement, enhance your outreach to donors, build a creative stewardship program, or just make your case more effectively, this process marries evocative photography techniques with effective writing to create a compelling narrative to enhance your organization. Join Ann Eve Dingell as she shares her tips and tricks as a professional photographer and fundraiser to share your stories. She has more than 20+ years in fundraising strategy and organizational development, having built successful fundraising programs for Arizona Public Media, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, the American Red Cross, and other organizations around the country. She has worked across all development channels including major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, membership and [...]

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SAVMA Seeks Proposals for Upcoming Education Programs

SAVMA is seeking proposals for 2017 General Membership Meetings (third Thursday of every month at 3:30PM). Meetings are typically held at Habitat for Humanity Tucson 3501 N Mountain Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Presentations are one hour with 15 minutes of Q and A. Possible topics all relating to volunteer services (not all inclusive): Developing policies and procedures Risk management planning Setting benchmarks Developing an evaluation plan Budgeting Supporting the work of a Board of Directors Designing, implementing and evaluating a communications plan Cultivating and evaluating stakeholder and partner relationships Developing performance objectives for volunteers Designing recruitment plans Evaluating recruitment strategies Streamlining an onboarding process with Lean Management techniques Coaching for performance improvement Maintaining records Evaluating training Continuous Quality Improvement Advocating for volunteers Corporate Engagement Trends Supporting Fundraising Efforts Time Management Nonprofit Ethics   Please complete the 2017_Request for Proposals for Meeting Presenters and include a resume with at least one reference [...]

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We are Gearing Up for Volunteer Appreciation Week- Come Share Your Plans

Tell us how you plan to thank your volunteers! Come out to our March meeting to learn different ways to appreciate and recognize your volunteers, even on a shoestring budget! When: March 16, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Where: Habitat for Humanity 3501 North Mountain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. We will have a round table discussion to get those creative juices going! There will be a "best of display," so please bring an item to share, we may even have a prize for the audience favorite. Get your ideas in early and we will include it in the rolling slide show. Send us photos of your favorite recognition and appreciation items so we can show them off. Please send your pictures to savmatucson@gmail.com by March 13th. Things to include are: Appreciation gift Ideas (low or no cost) Grants for donations Restaurants or food stores that donate food items or drinks Party locations [...]

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: Learning and Development, SAVMA Programs|Comments Off on We are Gearing Up for Volunteer Appreciation Week- Come Share Your Plans