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.

It’s been a whole year of a pandemic that has upended our lives, and though we are starting to see some glimmer of hope from increased vaccinations and the return of warmer weather that permits outdoor gathering at a distance, this year has worn on us all.

There has been uncertainty, stress, worry, and despair as jobs have been eliminated, and lives lost due to COVID-19 - not to mention an atrocious amount of violence against black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Trans communities (to name only a few).

This year has been tough. We have come together to support one another throughout this past year through sharing resources and community conversations, and we will continue to do so as the future unfolds. Please reach out to us with any questions or support requests - and know that other members are also available to offer expertise and understanding within the member forum space.

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. Throughout this past year, in particular, we have been having continuous internal conversations exploring what NOVAA can do to be the most equitable, inclusive, accessible and representative organization possible.

Throughout the past year, we have begun updating 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.

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

    • September 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Offered remotely via Zoom

    Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and immigrant communities. In this interactive session, you will learn about the eight strategies, share your own experiences and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization. A significant portion of time will be spent on learning how you can change your volunteer recruitment message to be more inclusive. Participants are encouraged to bring their volunteer recruitment messages to share and edit in small groups during the session.

    Wendy Vang-Roberts (she/her) is MAVA's Training Manager. Prior to joining the MAVA staff, Wendy served on MAVA's Inclusive Volunteerism Task Force and provided training on inclusive volunteer recruitment. She previously worked at Literacy Minnesota in a variety of adult student, volunteer and national service (AmeriCorps VISTA) outreach and recruitment roles. She most recently managed volunteer and adult learner outreach, coordinated support and professional development for volunteer coordinators and facilitated racial justice trainings for staff and volunteers at Adult Basic Education programs statewide. She serves on the boards of the Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles (ASDIC) Metamorphosis and Asian American Organization Project (AAOP).  Wendy holds a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University

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