AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement)

AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteerism in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement. AL!VE is the essential professional resource and advocate for those who engage, motivate and celebrate volunteers and their vital contribution to our society.

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The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative

The Volunteer Collaborative is an on-line resource to assist the Aging Network in engaging and empowering older adults and maximizing their leadership skills and experiences. It is funded by the Administration on Aging and led by the National Association of the Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in partnership with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the Corporation of National and Community Service, the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, AARP, and the AARP Foundation.

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Energize, Inc.

Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Based in Philadelphia and headed by Susan J. Ellis, the company has worked for over 30 years to create or strengthen the volunteer engagement of organizations of all types and sizes, in over 20 countries. Energize has one of the most established Web sites offering resources to leaders of volunteers, including over 1200 free pages of information, an online bookstore selling dozens of electronic titles, the journal e-Volunteerism, and the innovative online training plan, Everyone Ready. Each of the “Everyone Ready” Online Seminars and Self-Instrution Guides will earn 1.5 PDU credits toward CVA recertification.

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Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow us at or at or join Habitat’s blog community at

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HandsOn Network

HandsOn Network is the activating, volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute. HandsOn creates innovative, actionable models for citizen-centered problem solving and direct, tangible tools and opportunities for people and organizations to apply their interests and passions to make a difference. As the largest volunteer and civic engagement organization in the nation, our mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. At the center of the network are 370 affiliates serving 83 percent of the American population and 12 international communities in nine countries.

Read More, a project of Action Without Borders, connects people, organizations, and resources to build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Since 1995, Idealist has become the most comprehensive online resource for the nonprofit sector, with over 70,000 organizations from 190 countries posting job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities, connecting over 50,000 daily visitors and 500,000 subscribers. Idealist also provides online resources for job seekers, volunteers, and professionals, including the Volunteer Management Resource Center, an extensive source for tools and best practices to support volunteer management professionals in nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations worldwide.

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The International Association for Volunteer Effort

The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) is an international non-governmental organization that promotes, celebrates, and strengthens volunteerism worldwide. IAVE’s commitment is to volunteering that:

  • Invites the entire community to identify and address the challenges, opportunities and problems which face it;
  • Encourages and enables people of all ages and from all sectors of society to take leadership through participation in service and social action;
  • Complements but does not substitute for responsible action by other sectors and the efforts of paid workers;
  • Enables people to acquire new knowledge and skill to develop their potential, self-reliance and creativity.
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International Volunteer Managers Day

International Volunteer Managers Day (IVM Day) is celebrated globally on November 5 each year. The day is put aside to allow volunteer managers a chance to reflect on and celebrate the critical work they do, and more importantly, it allows an opportunity for them to educate others about the significant role they play in mobilizing the often complex resources volunteers bring with them.

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The National Human Services Assembly

The National Human Services Assembly is an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services. Many of the member organizations are national offices of large networks of local health & human service organizations. Others are national research or resource organizations or national programs. The National Assembly has created the Center for Volunteer Innovation to serve as a central hub of information and resources to aid organizations in learning about and actively building volunteer capacity in their own workplaces. In addition to executive curriculum and various useful tools and tips, the National Assembly will produce a series of practical briefs based on the experiences of Volunteer IMPACT Fund grantees, thereby contributing to the national body of knowledge.

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The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government

The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government‘s purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs through leadership, education, advocacy, networking, and information exchange. NAVPLG is the foremost international association of directors, managers, and administrators of volunteer programs in local government organizations. The challenges and issues for volunteer resource management in cities, counties and state government may differ substantially from those in “traditional” non-profit-based programs. They share best practices, offer training, provide networking opportunities and respresent their members to both volunteer and government entities.

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United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is a global network, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. that advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. The United Way movement creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit:

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Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, the organization has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres, community and national organizations and businesses, Volunteer Canada actively leads national dialogues on how volunteerism relates to citizen engagement and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement. To learn more about Volunteer Canada, please visit

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Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada is the champion in the field of Volunteer Management. Dedicated to advocacy, capacity building and networking, it connects and empowers a network of professionals and passionately elevates the quality of volunteerism in Canada.

VMPC collaborates with provincial, national and international organizations to support its membership and strives for volunteer resources management to be recognized and respected as a leading profession of choice.​

VMPC supports an international certification process for Managers of Volunteer Resources through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA).

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VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. Its award-winning online service makes it easy to increase the number, quality, and diversity of volunteers engaged in an organization. VolunteerMatch offers volunteer managers a full set of tools and resources to post volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers they need. As the #1 ranking for ‘volunteer’ on Google and Yahoo! the VolunteerMatch network regularly welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each week and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for tens of thousands of participating nonprofits across the country.

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Volunteer Today

Volunteer Today is a free, monthly online newsletter for those who work with volunteers in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or corporations. Writers for the newsletter are experienced managers of volunteers or executive directors of nonprofit organizations.

Topic areas include recruitment, management, technology, boards and committees, training, and government volunteer programs. A special feature is “Ask Connie,” a place where individuals can ask questions that are answered in subsequent issues by author, Connie Pirtle. Publisher and Senior Editor is Nancy Macduff.


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