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Plan for Success - Take Control of Your Role

Work smarter, not harder.  We can all benefit from a well-crafted plan, whether you are setting up a brand new volunteer program or working within an established system.   

Let’s be strategic instead of reactive. This workshop will challenge participants to identify and prioritize the important operational elements of our work, that can so easily slide by (for more “urgent” demands).  Whether it’s updating your program brochures, backing up your database, scheduling CEUs or refreshing your website, you need a plan.

In this workshop we will present a framework for you to customize for your own. We will identify, prioritize, delegate and schedule all things volunteer engagement! You will leave with a plan that makes sense for you.  

This workshop was created by members of MAVA's Professional Development Committee, who pooled their experience and expertise to bring you this presentation, focused on practical ways to make your year run more smoothly.

Karen Pattison, Volunteer Services Manager, Naples Botanical Garden
Julie Springer, Director of Volunteer Engagement, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Taylor Woodcock, Director of Volunteer Engagement, Iowa State University Foundation

Registration Rates:

Members: $25 per session
Non-Members: $50 per session

Online or in-person?
This workshop will take place via Zoom.


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 Anne Morehouse 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 Anne Morehouse 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 Friday, May 3 to receive the Zoom link to the training. View MAVA's Event Registration and Refund Policies.

For registration questions, please contact Anne Morehouse at

Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
You will receive the Zoom link 1-2 days prior to the workshop.

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Anne Morehouse
Registration is required before Monday, May 6, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only