Collaborations and Partnerships with MAVA
MAVA was created with a philosophy of collaboration and building on existing assets. Since then, MAVA has sought to form alliances with organizations and existing networks of volunteer administrators across Minnesota to foster dialogue, ensure effective use of community assets, and reduce duplication of effort. By partnering with MAVA we create a strong voice for volunteerism in the state and enhance benefits to network members. Networks and organizations have a choice of many ways to form an alliance with MAVA, ranging from full membership to more informal, flexible affiliations. The following are some levels of alliance that have emerged in our work since 2001.
1. MAVA NETWORK:
A MAVA Network is am enhanced level of membership, in which all members of the network become MAVA members and enjoy full member benefits. Members of a MAVA network enjoy the advantage of networking with members of the network along with the benefits MAVA has to offer. How does one become a MAVA network?
Current MAVA Networks include:
2. MAVA AFFILIATED NETWORK
MAVA seeks to form formal alliances with all geographic and sector networks or groups of leaders of volunteers. The geographic networks give leaders of volunteers the opportunity to meet in their local area to share ideas, learn from each other and hold programs. Sector networks give leaders of volunteers working in the same field a chance to share information. Though affiliating with MAVA they connect on a statewide level to be a statewide voice for volunteerism. How does a network of leaders of volunteers affiliate with MAVA? Would you like to start a network of leaders of volunteers in your area?Please click here for a list of MAVA Affiliated Networks.
3. MAVA PARTNERSHIP
A MAVA Partnership is a formal agreement between MAVA and an existing organization that strengthens cross-disciplinary respect and sharing and assures professional leadership development. Members of the partnership come together for the purpose of working on a specific project or goal. It does not include MAVA membership although often members of the collaborating organization are also members of MAVA
MAVA’s formal partners for the Volunteer Resources Leadership initiative are:
Girl Scouts - Land of Lakes Council
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
ServeMinnesotaVolunteer Centers of Minnesota
4. MAVA COLLABORATION
A MAVA Collaboration is an informal flexible relationship that fosters working together around shared values and goals. A Collaboration recognizes the benefits of keeping lines of communication open and the advantage of sharing resources. Annually MAVA works in collaboration with over 20 organizations or groups annually and highly values how much can be accomplished through working together. For example, MAVA hosts the best practices training series in collaborations with United Ways, Volunteer Centers and other local resources. How does one collaborate with MAVA?
5. CONTRACT FOR SERVICES
MAVA enters into contracts to provide training or consultation on leadership of volunteers. MAVA provides through contract training on the best practices of volunteer management and on advanced training on volunteer management.
MAVA networks are MAVA members who work in a common sector, such as health care, or work in a geographic part of the state. They get together to share information and learn from each other. The MAVA networks have their own leadership that plans the meetings and activities. If you would be interested in forming a network of MAVA members, contact the MAVA office.
How does a network of leaders of volunteers affiliate with MAVA?
MAVA welcomes groups of leaders of volunteers to affiliate with MAVA. If your group of leaders of volunteers is interested in affiliating with MAVA, please contact the MAVA office. MAVA will discuss with you the benefits of affiliating with MAVA, and show you a sample letter of affiliation.
Would you like to start a network of leaders of volunteers in your area?
MAVA has a tool kit
available for purchase that provides valuable information on starting a network of leaders of volunteers. You may also contact the MAVA office
to be connected up with someone who can give you additional advice on starting a network of leaders of volunteers.
How does one collaborate with MAVA?
MAVA recognizes that by working together so much more can be done to advance the leadership of volunteers in Minnesota. MAVA welcomes collaborators around the state to co-sponsor the Volunteer Impact Leadership Training series, advanced training and work together on projects. If you have ideas for projects or ways to collaborate with MAVA, contact MAVA office.
MAVA is also available to provide customized training
To learn how you or your organization can work with MAVA contact the MAVA office or call 651-255-0469.