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Creating Buy-In & Equipping Staff to Engage Volunteers

Want to increase your volunteer retention? Start with the very people utilizing their support.  Gaining staff buy-in and successfully engaging and equipping staff to work with volunteers is critical in the volunteer engagement field. With the current climate of increased staff and volunteer turnover, ensuring volunteer experiences are positive is more important than ever. 

With so much change and work to be done to get staff on board with your vision to engage volunteers, what can you do about it? Join us for this upcoming MAVA workshop to review time-tested MAVA recommendations for building staff buy-in and participate in this highly interactive session with fellow attendees to gain new insights, tools, and inspiration to move forward.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to gain buy in from staff and organization leaders

  • Attain tools and skills to support the staff at your organization 

  • Learn tips for creating a training for staff who supervise volunteers

Anyone working to engage volunteers in support of their mission is welcome to join us for this workshop, including staff and volunteers from community groups, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, and government agencies.

*This workshop will benefit anyone working with volunteers, whether they are paid staff or unpaid.

This training will be co-facilitated by 

Julie Springer (Crystal Bridges) and Paige Stein (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)

Registration Rates:

Members: $25
Non-Members: $50

Special Rates and Offers:

  • Special rate for AmeriCorps members: $15 - Discounted rate applies to AmeriCorps members who are serving and does not include staff or supervisors. To register at the AmeriCorps member rate, please email your name, email address, phone number, billing address*, position title and organization name to Alyssa Kleppe at

  • Special Offer for Non-Members – Workshop + Individual MAVA Membership: $100 - Register for this special offer and receive a one-year MAVA membership with your event registration! Individual MAVA memberships rates are normally $90 per year. To receive a one-year MAVA membership with your workshop registration, select the "New Member" rate, complete and pay for your registration, and MAVA staff will reach out to you with more information about your membership. Learn more about becoming a MAVA member.

  • Special rate for Volunteers: Discounted rate applies to volunteers who give their time in the community and/or to a nonprofit or government organization in any volunteer role. The discounted rate does not include paid employees from nonprofit or government organizations that utilize volunteers or paid volunteer supervisors. To register at the volunteer rate, please email Alyssa Kleppe at with your:

    • First and last name

    • Email address

    • Phone number

    • Billing address*

    • Answer ONE of the following questions:

      • 1.) the name of the organization where you volunteer and your volunteer role if you volunteer with a nonprofit or government organization or

      • 2.) one sentence about how you volunteer in the community if you do not volunteer with an organization.

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Attending this training, webinar, or conference workshop can be applied towards professional development unit (PDU) requirements for initial CVA Certification or CVA Renewal. CVA certification is the only internationally recognized credential in the field of Volunteer Administration. If you require proof of your participation, please contact the organizers of this training.  CCVA will not have proof of your attendance to events that they haven’t organized.   To learn more, visit:


*You will receive a link by email to generate an invoice or to pay by credit card. If you would like to pay by credit card, the address you provide must match your credit card's billing address.

Please note that registration and payment is due by Sunday, August 21st to receive the Zoom link to the training. View MAVA's Event Registration and Refund Policies. Please contact Alyssa at for more information. 

For registration questions, please contact Alyssa Kleppe at

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Alyssa Kleppe
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only