The Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association (NOVAA) is dedicated to providing you with professional development and networking opportunities. Our mission is to inspire, develop and support leaders in volunteer engagement.

Are you just beginning your career? Or perhaps you're a seasoned professional? NOVAA offers something for everyone - become a member today!

Founded in 1982, NOVAA is a nonprofit association for volunteer management professionals. Volunteer-led, NOVAA offers a variety of programming designed to support the professional development of leaders of volunteers with all levels of expertise. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for many years, NOVAA has something to offer everyone.

Upcoming events

    • April 25, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Grotto 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland

    As a Leader of Volunteer Engagement, you likely already know that your role deserves greater respect for the potential impact you generate for you organization, its mission and its beneficiaries. But, what can you do to ensure you are deserving of that elevated status of regard for the difference you make. 

    One answer: Become the absolute most effective Leader of people you can be. 

    Leaders who engage in this morning, afternoon, or day-long learning session will build their acumen through a variety of open learning conversations and skill-building exercises. The highly interactive workshop will impart knowledge and skills that touch on every phase of The Volunteer Life Cycle:

    • Attraction: moving beyond recruitment to a sustainable Leadership and culture creation strategy for drawing Volunteers to serve alongside your organization. 
    • Discovery: developing Volunteer interview questions that reveal the intrinsic drivers of individuals called to serve through you. 
    • Engagement: leveraging feedback using The R-B-I/B-I-F Feedback Model to guide Volunteer performance to optimal levels. 
    • Sustainment: establishing a Coaching relationship with you dedicated Volunteers, and embracing a more meaningful Recognition strategy to deepen their emotional connection with their services and its outcomes. 
    • Redirection: knowing the steps to take and the details to first consider, to address when a Volunteer experience is not going well.
    For the Leaders of Volunteer Engagement (LoVE) profession, elevating your acumen is mission-essential in the 21st century! Join this lively day of learning to take your daily Leadership practices to even greater heights. 

    Attendees will receive a copy of Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of a Volunteer. 

    Barry Altland is a writer, speaker, thought leader, non-profit executive and published author of the books: 'Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of a Volunteer,' a simple guide for feeding the passion of those who serve. Barry blends world-class leadership principles for the for-profits world with his own numerous experiences as a volunteer and leader of volunteers to offer a fresh perspective on volunteer engagement. The result of the experience is rich guidance for leaders of volunteers to help them lead with Otherliness. As leaders embrace Barry's unique perspective, they develop into leaders better prepared of touch the hearts of volunteers by engaging them... one person at a time. 

    • May 02, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan St. Glisan Room Portland, OR 97220

    A NOVAA Learning Community event is where volunteer management professionals gather around relevant topics to both teach and learn from their peers in facilitated conversations.

    Estimates show that Oregon has the seventh highest per capita trans population in the United States thanks to the legal and medical protections the state provides. Couple this with a high rate of activism and volunteerism within the trans community and you have a recipe for enthusiastic and highly devoted volunteers for your organization.  Kit Lorelied and Sinclair St. Sinclair  (Tualatin Public Library) will  outline some ways to make trans volunteers feel welcome and supported as they give back to their community.

    There will be time for peer-to-peer discussion focused on implementing ways to welcome and support transgender volunteers, so come with your ideas and questions for fellow NOVAA members!

    • May 15, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Good Coffee: 1150 SE 12th Ave, Portland OR 97214

    Please join us at Good Coffee on Wednesday May 15th!

    Enjoy a few pastries, courtesy of NOVAA, while you get to know peers in the field of volunteer management.

    Drop in anytime between 8:00 and 9:30 and remember to bring a few business cards and your wallet as this is a no-host event.

    If mornings are too packed check the calendar for an upcoming Happy Hour. Non-members are welcome to join these networking events.

    • May 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, 619 SW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97205

    Our Volunteer Management 101 Training will help you maintain a thriving volunteer base that gets more work done, builds community support and increases your organization's effectiveness. Specifically designed to assist anyone new to volunteer management, this day-long workshop covers:

    • Volunteer Program Development
    • Recruitment
    • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
    • Orientation and Training
    • Supervision
    • Risk Management
    • Recognition

    Join us and develop your volunteer program to its fullest potential!

    Lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.

Past events

April 16, 2019 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
April 04, 2019 Hors d'oeuvres & Info: Learn about Joining the NOVAA Board or a Committee for the 2019-20 Year
March 22, 2019 Learning Community: Seen & Heard - Getting a Seat at the Executive Table
March 19, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden (*Note: This training is not included in the workshop package.)
March 14, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Leaders
February 19, 2019 Workshop: Building Stronger Staff-Volunteer Relationships with Erin Barnhart
February 12, 2019 Happy Hour for Leaders of Volunteers
January 31, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 16, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
December 06, 2018 Learning Community: Removing Barriers By Thinking Outside the Box
November 13, 2018 Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Phu Dao
November 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package II: 20% off of three workshops!
October 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 16, 2018 Morning Meet-Up for Volunteer Leaders
October 04, 2018 Learning Community: Delegation: Empowering Volunteers and Creating Team Leaders
September 18, 2018 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
September 12, 2018 Workshop: Carve Your Own Path with Dana Litwin, CVA
September 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package: 25% off all four workshops!
June 14, 2018 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
June 04, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
May 21, 2018 Workshop: Educating for Change: How You Can Partner with Higher Education (with Stephanie Stokamer)
May 15, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
April 25, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
April 05, 2018 Info Session: Get Involved with NOVAA! Learn about Joining the Board or a Committee for the 2018-19 Year
March 15, 2018 Workshop: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden
March 08, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
February 27, 2018 Learning Community: ADA & Inclusion
February 06, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
January 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 19, 2018 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
December 05, 2017 Learning Community: Embracing Volunteer Turnover
November 16, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
November 13, 2017 Learning Community: Online Volunteer Orientation & Training
November 09, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 24, 2017 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
October 18, 2017 Workshop: Develop Your Leadership, Team-Building, & Coaching Skills w/ Daryl Dixon
October 18, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package II: Buy Two, Get the Third 50% Off
September 26, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
September 08, 2017 Workshop: Conflict Management, Leadership, and Mindfulness with Nancy Alder
September 08, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package: Four workshops for the price of three!
June 13, 2017 Learning Community: Volunteer Recognition Deconstructed
June 06, 2017 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
May 23, 2017 Workshop: Volunteer Motivation and the Enneagram
May 18, 2017 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
May 01, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
April 27, 2017 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
February 28, 2017 Morning Meet-up for Volunteer Managers
February 24, 2017 Workshop: Cultivating Your Volunteer Base Through Servant Leadership
October 18, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
August 23, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
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