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About MAVA's Inclusive Volunteerism InitDBT photoiative

Many nonprofit and government organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, in 2017 MAVA launched our Inclusive Volunteerism Initiative, a program focused on researching, identifying and dismantling the systemic inequities faced by people of color when volunteering on a formal basis with a nonprofit or government organization.

Ongoing activities of this initiative, ways you can get involved, and research products/findings are outlined below. If you have questions please contact Lisa Joyslin, Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager, at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org.

Thank you to the St. Paul Foundation, The F. R. Bigelow Foundation, and the Minneapolis Foundation for funding this initiative.

Events

RESPONDING INCLUSIVELY TO CORONAVIRUS - WEBINAR - 8/12/2020 from 1:00-2:00pm

Across the globe, organizations are struggling to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As they do so, the need to be creative and innovate, to connect with employees on a personal level, to work efficiently and productively, and to help maintain the health and safety of colleagues have become much more prescient and critical. Diversity & Inclusion is an effective methodology for attaining all these goals, in addition to being an end in and of itself.

Join Raafi-Karim Alidina of Frost, Inc. and learn how to leverage the principles of inclusion and deploy behavioral economics-based "Inclusion Nudges" to help your organization thrive through the crisis. Register here: Webinar: Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus - 8/12/2020

Research and Resources

ARTICLES
Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement
- Published 6/19/2020

8 STRATEGIES FOR CREATING A MORE INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Executive Summary - Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Click here to download the full report (free for MAVA members)

MAVA developed a set of 8 strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program at your organization. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders who are seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from communities of color.

RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT LEADERS
Click here to download the document: Racial Equity Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders

MAVA assembled a curated list of articles, books, podcasts, consultants and more to support volunteer engagement leaders in their professional development around racial equity.

DO BETTER TOGETHER EVENT NOTES AND RESOURCES
July 2019 - Do Better Together: Addressing Racial Bias with Volunteers - Notes
September 2019 - Do Better Together: Crafting Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment Messages - Volunteer Recruitment Message - Before and After - MN Literacy Council

About Our Research


MAVA has convened an Inclusive Volunteerism Task Force to explore barriers to volunteer engagement within communities of color and successful strategies for overcoming these barriers. The Task Force is made up of community representatives from culturally-specific organizations, volunteer managers for programs serving the East Metro, and community volunteers. If you're interested in learning more about the Task Force and receiving information about joining, please contact Lisa Joyslin at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org.

MAVA is also conducting ongoing research in the form of interviews and case studies. If your organization is interested in meeting with MAVA to share your experiences with engaging volunteers from racially and ethnically diverse communities, please contact Lisa Joyslin at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org and she will be in touch to schedule a time to connect.

Training and Consulting


MAVA created a training curriculum around the 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program. This training has been presented to over 500 individuals in the last two years, and is available on a contract basis either in-person or via webinar.

MAVA is also available for consulting work around inclusive volunteerism. If your organization or government is seeking guidance in recruiting volunteers from diverse communities or creating a more inclusive volunteer program, please reach out and we will be happy to discuss our consulting opportunities and how they may fit with your needs.

For more information please contact Lisa Joyslin, Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager, at ljoyslin@mavanetwork.org.