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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MAVA office in the Junior Achievement Building: 1800 White Bear Ave. North, Maplewood MN
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    REGISTERATION IS FULL for this event.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, e-mail

    Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA), the Invisible Force, Hamline, University School of Business, SHIFT, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and the Vital Aging Network (VAN) invite you to attend:

    The Boomers Are Coming, The Boomers Are Coming:
    Perspectives from Volunteers on How to Tap This Talent

    September 30, 2014, 10 AM – 12 PM
    1800 White Bear Ave. North, St. Paul MN
    No charge

    Every day 10,000 Boomers turn 65 in the U.S. What can we learn from volunteers themselves to improve our ability to tap their talent to impact critical issues?

    Join us to learn directly from a MAVA task force of volunteers who are around retirement age. Hear them share their experiences, what draws them to volunteering and the challenges they have encountered. You will gain insights on:
    • How to connect with talented volunteers nearing or in retirement
    • Readiness checklist for engaging this new band of volunteers from the volunteer
    • The organizational culture of engagement that keeps them engaged
    • Unraveling the mysteries of how to find and keep top-notch volunteers
    • Big picture systems thinking to create better engagement

    Come, hear, meet and engage with our panel of volunteers. Strategize with colleagues for putting the recommendations from the volunteers into action.

    Thank you to the Stevens Square Foundation for support of this project.

    • Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northwest Minnesota Foundation Conference Center

    Workshop in Bemidji hosted by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation

    Cutting Edge Strategies for Engaging Volunteers to Meet Mission

    October 7 – Bemidji – Northwest Minnesota Foundation Conference Center

    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, with registration beginning at 8:30 AM

    Cost is $45 and scholarships are available, contact for scholarship information


    In the "New Normal" of high demand for service and tight funding, nonprofits are turning to volunteers in fresh and creative ways to meet mission. The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration has been developing strategies to do just that. Learn what we have found in researching trends, surveying our members across the state, and leading focus groups with nonprofits that deliver the majority of their services with volunteers.

    Attend this workshop to: 

    ·         Chart a new direction for your nonprofit with nine cutting edge strategies to help you maximize the impact of volunteers.

    ·         Explore how to design volunteer positions for today’s volunteers, streamline your volunteer program, and get organizational buy-in for a culture that focuses on impact through volunteers.

    ·         Assess your organization’s readiness to fully engage volunteers and move your organization to a next level of volunteer engagement.

    • Friday, October 10, 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus: 2525 Chicago Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55404

    The “Talk & Walk” series features a presentation from the hospital’s volunteer leader about a unique volunteer program they offer or a specific area in which they’ve had success. Learn ways to improve and enhance your own volunteer program. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the facility, and wrap up with lunch and networking. 

    This Talk and Walk Event is hosted by Sandy Bergeron at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

    COST: $10/Tour (lunch is provided)

    The event will be open to both healthcare and non-healthcare attendees. Please help us spread the word.

    Sandy Bergeron at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

    Sandy Bergeron at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

    Sandy Bergeron at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

    • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    • 4:30 PM
    • American Red Cross Northern Region 1201 West River Parkway Minneapolis , MN 55454
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Gain a way to demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking for rejuvenation in your career, please join us!

    Register today!

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Planning for Retention
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers 

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing Volunteers

    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series.

    Scholarships are available!  Scholarships must be submitted by Sept 30. Contact the MAVA office

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! 

    MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Questions?  Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0469.

    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation.

    Cancellation Policy 
    • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ordean Building Conference Room B/C, 1st Floor 424 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
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    Volunteers seeking to share their workplace skills and volunteers being available for shorter commitments are the two top 2014 trends in volunteer availability from MAVA research. For many organizations, these trends are different from how they currently involve volunteers. Come to this session to learn more about the trends and how your organization can capitalize on them.

    Designing Shorter Term and More Flexible Volunteer Positions

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Increasingly volunteers are seeking shorter term and more flexible volunteer positions.  Whether we like it or not, this is one of the main current trends in volunteerism. Come to this session to explore how to re-designed volunteer positions for today’s volunteer workforce and hear tips from your peers. Learn and practice six strategies for re-designing volunteer positions for volunteers seeking shorter term and more flexible volunteer opportunities.

    Engaging Skill Based Volunteer

    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Many organizations are rethinking how volunteers can be involved in skill based and in higher level and leadership roles. With limited resources for staff, this is one of the few routes open to do more, or even keep up.  This session will:

    ·       Explore opportunities for involving volunteers in project leadership and skill based roles

    ·     Look at the complexities of volunteers being placed in higher skill based roles

    ·     Offer strategies for success in engaging volunteers in skill based and higher responsibility roles.

    Register for one workshop or both

    You are on your own for lunch between workshops

    • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Calvary Lutheran Church 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427
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    The scope of volunteer involvement within an organization hinges on the enthusiasm for volunteer engagement and the understanding of their contribution by staff at all levels, as well as their readiness to support and partner with volunteers. A groundbreaking 2013 MAVA survey pinpointed key staff concerns about working with volunteers. Perceived challenges included the time needed for supervision, concern about client confidentiality, and availability of volunteers with needed skills. How can you address these issues at your organization? Come to this program to:

    • Gain insights from the MAVA survey on organizational staff perceptions of opportunities and barriers to working with volunteers.
    • Learn about developmental stages of organizational readiness for work with volunteers, and identify where your organization currently is and where it could improve.
    • Hear from a panel of peers regarding strategies that have been successful at addressing myths about working with volunteers and overcoming barriers in staff readiness for volunteers.
    • Connect with volunteer leaders from organizations at similar developmental stages to your own and identify strategies to move to the next level.

    You will take home tools that you can use to address the key challenges staff hold about working with volunteers, and tools to develop a cutting edge strategy for inspiring staff to capitalize on volunteer resources.    

    Click here to download a hard-copy registration form.

    8:45- 9:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking, Raffle                         Opens

    9:30- 11:30 a.m. Moving Forward through a Shifting Environment

    11:30 – 11:50a.m. Break

    11:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony

    12:25 – 1:00 p.m Lunch & Raffle Drawing

    1:15 2:00 p.m. MAVA Annual Business Meeting
    • Friday, November 21, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mall of America, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

    Volunteer managers in most organizations would be considered to be failing in their job if the numbers of volunteer hours goes down from one year to the next. In many cases, hours are looked at as time that would have had to have been paid for or as associated with services that would not have been delivered had the time not been volunteered. Both can be false assumptions.

    This workshop will demonstrate how the more-hours-the-better focus can actually devalue volunteers and how to use a new model that includes cash costs and the consumption of volunteer hours as inputs and accomplishments as outputs.    


    Tony Goodrow is the president of Better Impact Inc. (, the pioneer of the Relative Impact Volunteer ROI model, and the publisher of (a free resource sharing site for leaders of volunteers). He has spoken at volunteer management conferences on five continents.

    The Relative Impact ROI Model Flyer

    • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • Friday, May 15, 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

    2015 Conference on Volunteer Administration 

    Early Bird Conference Rate through February 2nd, 2015 $299/339
    Join MAVA now to register at the member rate!

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