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2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference - Registration Deadline Extended to Friday, June 4 at 2 p.m. (Central Time)

June 9, 10 & 11, 2021  |  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

The past year has brought many challenges for volunteer engagement leaders that we may be eager to put in the past. It's time to work together to imagine the future of volunteer engagement: Out with the old, in with the BOLD. Let's focus on boldly taking a seat at the table where decisions are being made. Let's make the bold decision to dismantle the barriers put up around volunteering. And let's boldly acknowledge the strength and creativity we've gained amidst challenges - and continue to flex those muscles, stand up for volunteerism and shape the field to be better than ever. Learn more about the conference and view the conference program.

The MAVA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will take place virtually at the Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference. All MAVA members and conference participants are invited to attend the annual meeting and awards ceremony.

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Dana Litwin, CVA

Carve Your Own Path

Keynote Speakers

Donte Curtis

Out With the Old,
In With the Bold

Breauna Dorelus

Where Do We Go From Here? Owning the Deep Commitment to Help and Not Harm

Additional Workshop Topics:

- High Tech, High Touch: Finding the Balance in Volunteer Engagement

- Managing Challenging Volunteers and Reducing Conflict

- Why 70% of Potential Volunteers are Not Coming to Your Organization: What We Need to Learn from Informal Volunteerism

- Purpose-Driven Volunteer Impact

- How to Diversify Your Volunteer Program

And many more!

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MAVA's Work on Racial Equity in Volunteerism 

Many nonprofit and government organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they support.  

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 BIPOC individuals when volunteering on a formal basis with a nonprofit or government organization.

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MAVA Land Acknowledgement Statement

Welcome to the exciting and evolving world of volunteerism!

The Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA) is a powerful force for leaders of volunteers across the state of Minnesota. Our vision is to be the premier statewide organization uniting, educating and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism. We connect, educate, strengthen and advocate for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities.

MAVA’s mission is to inspire excellence in leadership of volunteers to impact communities.

Nationally recognized for innovation, we unite members, conduct research to build capacity, and provide a respected voice for volunteerism.

MAVA is Minnesota’s only statewide, multi-sector alliance of leaders of volunteers MAVA brings leaders of volunteers together to connect, learn and lead.

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MAVA provides cutting edge research on trends in volunteerism and supplies tools for addressing challenges. Current initiatives include:
  1. Shorter-term volunteerism
  2. Promotion of improved civic engagement.
  3. A VISTA Corps to build the capacity of volunteerism.
  4. Service Enterprise, an organizational best practice certification program.
  5. Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series
  6. Annual conference focused on leadership and excellence in volunteer administration; and more.
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