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Share your volunteerism knowledge and experience with other volunteer engagement leaders! Submit a conference workshop proposal to MAVA’s 2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference.

Call for Proposals Guidelines - Deadline Extended to Friday, January 29!


MAVA's 2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference will take place on June 9, 10 and 11, 2021. The deadline to submit a conference workshop proposal is Friday, January 29, 2021.

Conference Theme

The theme of the conference is "In with the BOLD." 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.

The annual MAVA 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 MAVA meeting and awards ceremony.

Stay tuned for registration information!

Target Audience

The primary audience for this conference is staff in nonprofit and government agencies who manage or work with volunteers in any capacity.

Session Format

All sessions will be presented in a virtual format in 60-minute, 90-minute or 120-minute sessions. The 120-minute sessions will be split into two 60-minute sessions and must be the same presentation. The workshop proposal form will ask you to indicate how much time you would prefer. Presentations will be live during a select time during the conference and recorded and provided to all registrants following the conclusion of the conference.

Who should submit a proposal for MAVA's 2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference? 

We are looking for presenters who:

  • are comfortable and skilled at presenting volunteerism topics in a virtual setting,
  • have access to a reliable internet connection, computer, audio and camera,
  • and can commit to a scheduled technology meeting virtually prior to the conference.

What topics are needed at the conference?

Topics should focus on volunteerism. The conference offers four tracks:
  • Foundational Skills: Adding new tools to your toolbox
  • Redefining Volunteerism: Data and research
  • Professional Advancement: Career trajectory and networking
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Volunteerism

What is the submission deadline?

The deadline to submit a conference workshop proposal is Friday, January 15, 2021. We are not able to accept late submissions.

When and how will I know if I have been selected?

Presenters will be notified by email by Friday, February 26 whether or not they have been selected.


Contact Wendy Roberts, Training Manager, at 

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