My friend Susan Ellis over at Energize asked me to post this news release, and I’m happy to do so because if you’re like me you’re always on the lookout for some quality volunteer engagement events and workshops. This would be one of those!
Registration is now open for the 2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement to be held at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN on July 26-28, 2017 (www.mavanetwork.org/2017summit). Hosted by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA), this special event is being planned by a steering committee of practitioners from all across the United States and is expected to draw close to 1,000 participants from all over the world. The Summit will be the first time in almost a decade that volunteer mobilization and support – in any setting – will be the total focus of a major conference.
With funding cuts, increased service needs, and organizations scrambling for support, the stakes have never been higher. In these politically contentious times, organizations are counting on volunteers to be advocates as well as budget stretchers. And volunteer numbers are on the rise nationally. All of this is exactly why effective volunteer leadership is needed now more than ever.
This Summit brings together the movers, the shakers, and the magic makers so that together we can define the future of the volunteer engagement field. For the first time in more than a decade the profession’s thought leaders, authors, and trainers will be together in one place. And unlike other conferences, volunteer engagement professionals will be front and center at the National Summit.
The Summit offers more than 100 workshops to increase volunteer management knowledge and skills. In addition, plenaries and small group discussions will allow collective strategizing for participants to determine how to build a new national profession, and ultimately increase the community impact of the volunteers engaged.
A variety of voices from the field will launch the National Summit at the opening plenary. The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) will listen to the discussion and then use a “mind-opening” improv experience to generate exceptional communication with attendees. Their out-of-the-box techniques will help attendees find new answers during the three-day journey to map the profession’s future.
There will also be special sessions focusing on grant makers and other philanthropic organizations which support volunteer engagement in nonprofits, providing a unique opportunity for funders and nonprofit leaders alike to learn more about each other’s perspectives, approaches to collaboration, and challenges.