WELCOME TO NOVAA

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

    • November 12, 2018
    • Each workshop is at a different location
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    Members of NOVAA* have the opportunity to purchase the remaining three 2018-19 NOVAA workshops as a package deal! If you are not already a member, but would like to join to get this benefit and many others, join now!

    Buy the final three workshops for $170 through this NOVAA member workshop package, and save 20% compared to buying every workshop individually!

    This special deal includes attendance to:

    The first two workshop will be from 8:30am - 12:30pm. The last workshop with Barry Altland will be offered as a day-long workshop with both morning and afternoon sessions. The workshop package covers attendance to all sessions. 

    *The package deal discount is also available to members of other Volunteer Management associations such as DVPA, MVVMA, NOVA, and ALIVE.

    Learn more about these workshops on our calendar or by clicking the links above. 

    ABOUT THE TRAINERS

    Phu Dao: Phu Dao is an immigrant from Vietnam.  His family settled in Portland with the sponsorship of a local Baptist Church in 1989.  He attended Portland Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson HS.  Phu started his professional career as a Family Therapist then moved into Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County.  While working as a Juvenile Probation officer he learned firsthand the inequity of a system that was supposed to support our youth.  After leaving Multnomah County Phu worked for a non-profit program that supports undocumented youth.  The work was rewarding but was not fulfilling.  In 2011 he left the non-profit sector and began his work with PPS.  Phu found his love and passion: education.  He started as an Outreach Coordinator then became a school social worker, and for the past 3 years, he has been working at PPS' central office as a training consultant with the equity department.  In that role, Phu provided equity professional development to central office staff, district's new staff, and parents.  Currently, he oversees PPS work on chronic absenteeism, specifically high school.

    Erin Barnhardt: Erin Barnhart, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in domestic and international service, service learning, and volunteer engagement.  In addition to her role as Founder & President of Effective Altrusim, LLC, Erin is on the Board of Directors for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, serves on the Advisory Council for Fund the People, contributes to the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and was on the founding board members for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.

    Barry Altland: 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.  

    • November 13, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Beaverton 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton
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    Address equity and diversity in your organization and learn more about how to create an inclusive working environment. 

    Led by Phu Dao, Portland Public School's Senior Equity Manager, this workshop will walk participants through the Courageous Conversations About Race protocol and share how the protocol can be used to create an inclusive working environment and guide courageous conversations about race within our organizations and volunteer programs.

    Phu Dao is an immigrant from Vietnam.  His family settled in Portland with the sponsorship of a local Baptist Church in 1989.  He attended Portland Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson HS.  Phu started his professional career as a Family Therapist then moved into Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County.  While working as a Juvenile Probation officer he learned firsthand the inequity of a system that was supposed to support our youth.  After leaving Multnomah County Phu worked for a non-profit program that supports undocumented youth.  The work was rewarding but was not fulfilling.  In 2011 he left the non-profit sector and began his work with PPS.  Phu found his love and passion: education.  He started as an Outreach Coordinator then became a school social worker, and for the past 3 years, he has been working at PPS' central office as a training consultant with the equity department.  In that role, Phu provided equity professional development to central office staff, district's new staff, and parents.  Currently, he oversees PPS work on chronic absenteeism, specifically high school.
    • December 06, 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Metro Regional Center 600 NE Grand Avenue Portland, Oregon 97213
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    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.

    In December, please join us for a group conversation focused on creative strategies, shifting perspectives and brainstorming around bringing new volunteers into your organization. We will consider and address possible barriers, real and perceived, to recruiting volunteers for your programs. 

    Participants will re-evaluate what  ‘accessible’ means in your volunteer program. Discuss techniques for re-framing volunteer opportunities within your program to draw in new people. Talk about working with groups, businesses, and other organizations that become sustainable partnerships.

    There will be time for peer-to-peer discussion focused on dynamic volunteer recruitment, so come with your ideas and questions for fellow NOVAA members!


    • January 31, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, 619 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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    Join us for Volunteer Management 201!

    This full day training is designed for volunteer managers who have completed Volunteer Management 101 or those who are seeking advanced training in the field. Facilitated by Liza Dyer and Melia Tichenor, both of whom have been working in the field of nonprofit and volunteer management for over nine years. This interactive workshop will focus on next-level topics, including: 

    • Equipping Staff to Engage Volunteers
    • Organizational Culture & Communication
    • Cultivating Leadership Volunteers
    • Volunteer Program Evaluation
    • ...and more!
    This advanced training prepares volunteer managers to tackle the challenging and complex issues of volunteer engagement and program sustainability, to help you build the skills you will need to lead the volunteers of 2017 and beyond.

    Volunteer Management 201 builds on the basics of Volunteer Management 101. Volunteer Management 101 is not required in order to take 201, but we do recommend it.

    Lunch and a light breakfast are included with your registration.


    This Volunteer Management training is made possible in part through NOVAA's partnership with Hands On Greater Portland, a program of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

    • February 19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Beaverton 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton
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    Developing a welcoming and inviting organizational environment for volunteer engagement requires building and sustaining strong staff-volunteer relationships. But how can we create a culture of staff-volunteer collaboration?  How might we best foster relationship-building so that staff and volunteers partner more effectively as one cohesive team?  

    This workshop will explore proactive approaches for facilitating stronger staff-volunteer relationships as well as reactive responses for addressing staff-volunteer conflicts. Come learn new strategies, connect with your peers, and engage in interactive professional development!


    Erin Barnhart, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in domestic and international service, service learning, and volunteer engagement.  In addition to her role as Founder & President of Effective Altrusim, LLC, Erin is on the Board of Directors for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, serves on the Advisory Council for Fund the People, contributes to the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, and was on the founding board members for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.

    • March 19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia Willamette, 619 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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    Have you been working in the field of volunteer administration for awhile now? Are you looking to take your volunteer management savvy to the next level?

    As requested by many of our members, NOVAA is excited to bring Jim Laden back again for his Volunteer Management 301 half-day training, dedicated to building on themes of our Volunteer Management 101 and 201 trainings and digging in to management skills relevant to advanced practitioners and others looking for a "301" learning experience. 

    After years spent training new volunteer administrators in NOVAA’s Volunteer Management 101 and 201 classes, Jim Laden has developed a 301 training focusing on:

    • Maximizing the potential of volunteer and volunteer/staff teams
    • Utilizing effective feedback to strengthen your program at all stages
    • Tapping deeper into volunteer motivations to ensure high performance
    • Developing volunteer capabilities that are meaningful to the individual and essential for your organization
    • ... and more!

    Jim Laden has had an extensive career in human resources, program management, education, and training. He is currently the VP of Leadership and Talent at FoodCorps. Prior to these experiences, Jim worked as the Director or Learning and Volunteer Resources for AFS Intercultural Programs and in Career Services at Lewis & Clark College. In addition, he spent 10 years as an adjunct instructor in the Human Development Department at Clark Community College. 

    Jim has been an active community volunteer since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone in the mid-1980s. In the Portland area, he has been involved in volunteer leadership roles with The Pangaea Project, the Atkinson Elementary PTA and the Cascade AIDS Project. He has a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia.

    • April 25, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Grotto 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland
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    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 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, 619 SW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97205
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    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

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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