Each year MAVA recognizes outstanding individuals for significant contributions to their community and the field of volunteerism in the following areas:
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development
This award recognizes an individual who has made a superior contribution to furthering the culture and climate for professional volunteerism in Minnesota by developing an outstanding volunteer program and incorporating the essential elements of leading volunteers. Outstanding programs ensure that volunteers support the organization’s mission and expand impact and outreach. The recipient, through his or her personal model, exemplifies the ideals of selfless contribution to community that professional volunteer administration nurtures.
The MAVA Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources
This award was established to honor Mary Wiser, past director of volunteer services at Courage Center. As author, consultant and trainer Sue Vineyard says, “Mary left a legacy that can be an inspiration to us all as she blazed the trail toward a higher level of professionalism.” Mary was recognized for her outstanding contribution in teaching and inspiring others in the field.
The award is recognition of excellence by the recipient’s peers. It honors a professional in the field of volunteer administration who demonstrates the vision, diligence, and commitment to service that are the hallmarks of professionalism in the field. The award recognizes contributions to the overall profession within and outside the recipient’s organization, including contributions over a period of time.
We welcome nominations from its members as well as from anyone knowledgeable about volunteerism and its leadership.
Download the 2019 Nomination form here!
Nominations are currently being accepted for 2019. Please submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 4, 2019.