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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. We strive to offer both in person and virtual professional development opportunities. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 


Upcoming events

    • March 05, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community? Join the Board! 

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team providing resources for leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events for a membership of 200+, and we are looking for new board members to join us for 2024-2025 fiscal year!

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team in a collaborative environment to help support our members through planning and administering workshops and other professional development and networking events, and more! 

    Want to learn more about the NOVAA board? Join us for this virtual info session to hear from current board members to learn about open positions, board service, and ask questions. View position descriptions here.


    • March 12, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124
    Register

    Identifying and recruiting volunteers for your organization is one of the most crucial steps in the volunteer lifecycle, but attracting younger volunteers can sometimes require a totally different approach than standard best practices.

    Through this interactive and iterative workshop, we will learn together on how to best attract younger volunteers to your organization while ensuring we are centering their experiences, desires, and needs in the recruitment process. Additionally, we will explore communication and retention strategies to support your organization and young volunteers for mutually beneficial growth.

    Miguel Rodriguez (aka Mike Firm) is a Portland-based creative with a focus on multimedia, storytelling, and community building. During the past 10+ years he has worked in secondary and higher education, as well as the museum and nonprofit sectors.

    He leads his work with systems-level, community-led, and relationship-based practices and values. Miguel’s role as a designer is to not only highlight the pervasive systems that adversely impact our conditions, but to also take actionable steps towards creating new and just futures with his communities. This requires an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and people-centered approach that centers design justice and participatory frameworks.

    Miguel currently works at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as a Talent Development & Inclusion Strategist, and he has an MFA in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and BS in Mathematics from Portland State University.


    We look forward to seeing you at this NOVAA event, however, if you need to cancel, please refer to our Cancellation Policy and contact admin@novaa.org with any questions.

    • March 14, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register


    NOVAA Members can join other NOVAA Members and volunteer management professionals for a virtual networking hour! Let’s come together to share ideas and resources that may help each other, our organizations and the volunteer management profession.

    Topics we've discussed at past meetups have included developing community partnerships, volunteer management software, and volunteer appreciation/ recruitment.

    *Only NOVAA members can register

    Hosted by NOVAA's Membership Committee!


    • March 14, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community? Join the Board! 

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team providing resources for leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events for a membership of 200+, and we are looking for new board members to join us for 2024-2025 fiscal year!

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team in a collaborative environment to help support our members through planning and administering workshops and other professional development and networking events, and more! 

    Want to learn more about the NOVAA board? Join us for this virtual info session to hear from current board members to learn about open positions, board service, and ask questions. View position descriptions here.


    • March 21, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community? Join the Board! 

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team providing resources for leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events for a membership of 200+, and we are looking for new board members to join us for 2024-2025 fiscal year!

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team in a collaborative environment to help support our members through planning and administering workshops and other professional development and networking events, and more! 

    Want to learn more about the NOVAA board? Join us for this virtual info session to hear from current board members to learn about open positions, board service, and ask questions. View position descriptions here.


    • March 26, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community? Join the Board! 

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team providing resources for leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events for a membership of 200+, and we are looking for new board members to join us for 2024-2025 fiscal year!

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team in a collaborative environment to help support our members through planning and administering workshops and other professional development and networking events, and more! 

    Want to learn more about the NOVAA board? Join us for this virtual info session to hear from current board members to learn about open positions, board service, and ask questions. View position descriptions here.


    • April 03, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM
    Register

    Are you interested in gaining board experience, making great professional connections, and supporting NOVAA's work in the community? Join the Board! 

    NOVAA is an all-volunteer team providing resources for leaders in volunteer management through trainings, workshops, and networking events for a membership of 200+, and we are looking for new board members to join us for 2024-2025 fiscal year!

    As a member of the board, you can gain valuable professional experience, and work with an awesome team in a collaborative environment to help support our members through planning and administering workshops and other professional development and networking events, and more! 

    Want to learn more about the NOVAA board? Join us for this virtual info session to hear from current board members to learn about open positions, board service, and ask questions. View position descriptions here.


    • April 16, 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Tyron Creek State Park Classroom 11321 S Terwilliger Blvd Portland OR 97219
    Register

    In this Learning Community, Amy Stout will be presenting on coordinating one time event volunteers. From establishing needs, to recruitment, training, supervision, and recognition. After her presentation, there will be time to share your own insights on what makes coordinating episodic volunteers successful! 

    Amy Stout is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator with Friends of Tryon Creek. She has been coordinating volunteers at Portland area environmental non-profits since 2001. For many of those years, she has been a member of NOVVA and served on the NOVAA Board. She enjoys sharing resources and skills related to volunteer resources to help make the profession rewarding and impactful. When I’m not at work chatting with my co-workers and volunteers, I’m at home tending my own backyard habitat, or out with friends finding new ways to enjoy this lovely city.

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


    • May 08, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD near Portland Airport
    Register


    Let's talk about it! In this workshop, we'll discuss issues Volunteer Engagement Professionals may or may not be ready to address, and the implications for our work, such as:

    • New horizons: Artificial Intelligence, driverless vehicles and associated tech
    • The future of work and the four-day week: opportunities and challenges
    • Inflationary pressures and cost-of-living implications for nonprofits
    • Physical and mental health implications of the pandemic and beyond
    • Informal volunteering, active citizens and the role of Volunteer Involving Organisations
    • Universal Basic Income - a transformation in volunteering?

    Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, a consultancy and training company that helps engage and inspire people to bring about change. Rob has almost 30 years experience working in the voluntary and community sector, holding a variety of strategic development and senior management roles that have focused on leading and engaging volunteers. Rob has run his company since 2011 working with a wide range of clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada. Rob is co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook (DSC, 2012 and 2019) and From The Top Down - UK Edition (Energize Inc., 2015).

    We look forward to seeing you at this NOVAA event, however, if you need to cancel, please refer to our Cancellation Policy and contact admin@novaa.org with any questions.

    • June 04, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Jordan Room at the McMenamins Kennedy School
    Register


    Join NOVAA for our annual meeting! At this gathering, you will have the chance to network with other volunteer management professionals, say farewell to outgoing board members, and welcome incoming board members. NOVAA members will also approve NOVAA's 2024-2025 budget.

    Appetizers as well as a deli and dessert display will be available. Alcohol can be purchased at any of the Kennedy School bars. 

    Program will begin at 7:00 p.m.



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