WELCOME To novaa

NOVAA is a nonprofit association for volunteer management professionals, founded in 1982. 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 become a member today!

We remain committed to providing support and resources for leaders in volunteer management, all our 2021 programming will be hosted remotely. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

We're here to support you.

We’ve lived with a global pandemic for two years. It has changed the way we live, work, and socialize. With vaccination rates increasing, we are starting to see glimmers of hope, and the resumption of some of our volunteer programs. And though many in our community are still struggling with the decision whether to vaccinate, we will continue to do our jobs with compassion and respect for all. 

Despite the uncertainty and ambiguity around us, we still take our work very seriously. NOVAA members hold themselves to high standards of ethics and accountability. We recognize that change is inevitable, and growth is always possible. We have learned much from the changes wrought by COVID-19, and the social upheaval that came with it. We accept the responsibility we bear to help create a more equitable and just world.

Behind the scenes at NOVAA, our dedicated board, made up of volunteer leaders ourselves, works hard to ensure that everything NOVAA does and shares is relevant and timely to support this community, especially through this year of so much change. We have been having continuous internal conversations exploring what NOVAA can do to be the most equitable, inclusive, accessible and representative organization possible.

NOVAA has spent the last 18 months reviewing our bylaws, evaluating our budget to identify areas in which we can offer financial support options, and working to hire a consultant to audit our practices (including the bylaws, and beyond) and help us create a sustainable equity action plan. Through these efforts, we also identified the need to include a DEI Chair position to the board that will ensure we are prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our work, and cultivate a committee to support expanding representation within the volunteer management community.  

We encourage you to review our new DEI webpage, read the NOVAA DEI Statement, contact the DEI Committee, and find ways to get involved.

It’s an ongoing process and we do not have “results” yet but we wanted to share what we are doing to work toward our goals of acknowledging the impacts of -- and actively working to uproot the systems of racism and white supremacy that permeates close to every facet of our society.

Let’s continue to support each other. We are here for you - please reach out to us if you have  any questions, concerns, suggestions or feedback

Upcoming events

    • February 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Offered remotely via Zoom

    Our diversity can be a strength especially when it comes to motivation and appreciation. Understanding how volunteers are motivated can be key to retaining their partnership and making them feel genuinely appreciated. This workshop will look at three examples for understanding motivation amongst volunteers through a series of short activities and a personal motivation survey. Leaders of volunteers will then discuss the power of gratitude and discuss Languages of Appreciation based on the work of Gary Chapman and Paul White to better understand how they like to be appreciated and to learn how they can flex their appreciation muscle and show gratitude to volunteers who like to be appreciated in ways that differ from them. Be prepared to leave this session with a grateful heart and an understanding of how to express appreciation and motivate volunteers in meaningful ways.

      Faiza Venzant CVA is the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. With 20 years of leadership experience in volunteer engagement, she continues this work with a goal of centering community amongst the profession, improving equity and access to volunteerism and increasing diversity amongst professional leaders of volunteers. In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children up.

      • February 15, 2022
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Offered remotely via Zoom

      Connect with fellow volunteer program professionals for a lunchtime social hour. Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other, our organizations and the volunteer profession.

      Hosted by NOVAA Board members, learn more about us here. 

      Remote zoom link access will be provided via email prior to the event. 

      • February 28, 2022
      • March 01, 2022
      • 2 sessions
      • Offered remotely via Zoom
      • 16

      Are you new to the field?
      Did 'volunteer manager' just get added to your job description?
      Looking to learn 'best practices' to support your organizations volunteer program

      This training is for you! 

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

      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 typical one-day training has been modified for our remote reality and will take place via Zoom in two 3.75 hour morning sessions, offering a mix of content presentation, activities, and small group discussions in breakout rooms. The training will cover the following topics and address COVID-19 considerations along the way:

      Day 1: Monday, February 28th 8:15am - 12:00pm
      • Volunteer Program Development
      • Recruitment
      • Understanding Volunteer Motivations
      • Placement, Orientation, and Training
      Day 2: Tuesday, March 1st, 8:30am - 12:00pm
      • Risk Management
      • Supervision
      • Volunteer Recognition
      • Breakout Group topics

      Registration for this event will sign you up for both sessions. Zoom links to join this training remotely will be sent in the week before the event to those who have registered, along with a workbook to be used throughout the training. 

      Trainers: Melia Hadidian Tichenor and Liza Dyer (Bios coming soon)

      • March 09, 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
      • Offered remotely via Zoom

      Join NOVAA’s DEI Committee for a Reflective Conversation around issues of Equity and Inclusion on March 9, 2022 via Zoom. This Learning Community will introduce a new NOVAA program of online conversations, “Diving Into DEI.”

      Anyone with an interest in understanding their role in advancing DEI initiatives within their organizations and communities are encouraged to attend.

      Facilitated by DEI Chair, Margaret Gunter, CVA, Volunteer Program Manager.

      Learning Communities are free for NOVAA Members and just $10 for other guests. 

      We will be offering this Learning Community remotely via Zoom. A link will be sent to registered participants via email. 

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