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Why the CVA Certification is Worth Your Time

Wed, 2014-01-08 10:10

Join VolunteerMatch for a free webinar to learn more about the CVA certification.I’ve written before about why I personally pursued my CVA (Certificate in Volunteer Administration), and when I was asked to join the Board of CCVA (Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration) in 2012 I said yes for many of those same reasons.

I still believe in the effective engagement of volunteers, and that it demonstrates my knowledge and experience in the field and reinforces my organization’s commitment to the profession of volunteer management. And, if you’ve joined any of my trainings you know that I often talk about how the experience of pursuing my CVA helped me craft the philosophy and framework for the volunteer management curriculum offered in our Learning Center.

Since joining the Board I’ve had the opportunity to learn a little more about others who have pursued their credential, and thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes facts.

Did you know:
  • The US has the most CVAs in the world, with Texas leading the pack with 78.
  • Canada has the next largest concentration, with Alberta and Ontario each home to 11 CVAs.
  • There are also CVAs from Australia, Bolivia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, and Switzerland!
  • While the minimum requirement to qualify is 3 years of experience managing volunteers, the average candidate has much more experience: 8.7 years.
  • And in 2013 almost half (46%) of CVA candidates came from health and human service organizations.

It clear from the interest in the credential, and the increase in candidates that the CCVA has seen, that others working to engage volunteers are finding a CVA valuable in their work. Check out what previous candidates have said about why they pursued their credential.

Now that you know some trivia, what else do you need to know?
  • This is a credential program – it verifies what you know and have learned on the job, it is not a training or certificate program.
  • You’ll need to have at least three years experience engaging volunteers. This can be full or part-time, paid or volunteer work.
  • It is a lot of work! You need to have time to prepare for an exam and write a portfolio. (But in my experience it was well worth it!)

If you’re ready to pursue your own CVA, you can learn more and register here. (Do you have a VolunteerMatch account? You qualify for a discounted rate – just check the box!)

Still looking for more information, want to learn more, or have questions about the process? Join me and CCVA Executive Director Katie Campbell for a free webinar on January 16, 2014.

Fighting Hunger Together, We Really Made a Difference

Tue, 2014-01-07 13:33

Together, VolunteerMatch and the Walmart Foundation created millions of dollars in social value to help more Americans get the nutrition they need and fight hunger.The problem of hunger often seems insurmountable. 1 in 6 people in the U.S. are going hungry, according to Feeding America. Given today’s economic climate, and all of the other issues we face, it can seem like a herculean task to make a dent in the hunger that plagues our country’s most vulnerable.

Together, however, we have done it. Recently VolunteerMatch completed a two-year partnership with the Walmart Foundation’s Fighting Hunger Together Initiative, to support the work of nonprofits that are fighting hunger. Our goals for the campaign were:

  • To provide hunger-relief organizations the resources they need to deploy, manage and expand an effective volunteer program;
  • To make it easier to support, provide training, and share best practices among volunteer managers; and
  • To increase visibility within the community of the need for volunteers at hunger-related organizations.

We are very proud of the work we did, supported by the Walmart Foundation, to accomplish these goals. So we created an infographic to tell everyone about it. Here are some highlights before you dive in:

  • We facilitated 112,000 connections between hunger-related nonprofits and eager volunteers.
  • We trained more than 3,000 volunteer coordinators so that they can more effectively recruit the volunteers they need.
  • We created over $171 million in social value that is helping more Americans get the nutrition they need.

Take a look at the infographic, and share with friends and colleagues. Together, we can continue to make a big difference for causes like hunger!

Click here to view the infographic showing the impact made during VolunteerMatch's partnership with the Walmart Foundation's Fighting Hunger Together initiative.

Get Free Access to Cutting-Edge On-Demand Nonprofit Training from VolunteerMatch and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation

Mon, 2014-01-06 16:02

Get free access to cutting-edge on-demand trainings from VolunteerMatch and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation.Update: Due to extremely popular demand, this opportunity is now full. Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned in case we’re able to offer more opportunities like this in the future!

Imagine if you could go online and immediately access learning, book abstracts, webinars and written materials to develop, train, and broaden your skills as a nonprofit professional? What if you could do this whenever you wanted, for free?

Today VolunteerMatch launches a new phase of our partnership with the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. We formed this partnership to provide VolunteerMatch training content to nonprofits through the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation’s Gift of Learning program.

The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed by global cloud-based talent management leader Cornerstone OnDemand. The Gift of Learning program leverages Cornerstone OnDemand’s state-of-the-art learning technology to create an online career development tool that provides nonprofit employees and volunteers with access to a free collection of e-learning and other training resources provided by industry experts.

Through this portal you can have access to a customized curriculum that supports the most common job families in the nonprofit sector: Fundraising, Leadership, Accounting and Finance, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Volunteer Engagement, and Program Management. And we are giving 500 nonprofits the key to this treasure trove absolutely free.

All you have to do is fill out the form below. If your nonprofit is among the first 500 to respond, you can choose up to ten employees to access the online library of trainings and resources for three months, absolutely free.

Once 500 organizations respond, the offer is closed – so don’t procrastinate! If your organization is chosen to participate, you will receive a welcome email directly from the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation no later than February 5, 2014.

Update: Due to extremely popular demand, this opportunity is now full. Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned in case we’re able to offer more opportunities like this in the future!

Some fine print: Your organization must have 501 (c )(3) tax exempt status to qualify. Once 500 nonprofits have responded to this offer, requests for additional access may be considered.

Expert Snapshots for January

Fri, 2014-01-03 12:53

Expert SnapshotsAt VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Check back every month for snapshots of what experts in the field are talking about.

What Nonprofits Should Start Doing in 2014: Advice from the Experts

The Chronicle of Philanthropy asked nonprofit leaders what nonprofits should start focusing on in the coming year – you might be surprised what some of these well-known folks had to say about fundraising, engagement and measurement…

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: A Flying Leap in 2014

The theme of this month’s Carnival, hosted by Joanne Fritz, is “The Nonprofit Ride in 2014 – Scary or Fun?” A wide range of people from across the sector contributed an assortment of predictions, reviews of 2013, and best practices for the New Year. This is the ultimate round-up of round-ups.

Four Volunteer Predictions for 2014

Corbit Harrison of VolunteerHub wrote this guest post on the Guidestar Blog looking at how technology and demographic shifts are changing how nonprofits engage volunteers. In the post he outlines some of these changes and suggests ways nonprofits can get ahead of them to be even more successful in 2014.

8 Social Media Predictions for Nonprofits in 2014

When it comes to humanitarian work, 2014 has big things in store for nonprofits, or so says Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. She feels that social media will play an even more critical and central role in nonprofit operations in 2014, and provides a bunch of predictions for the “how.”

Bonus: When You Work With Volunteers

This Tumblr blog about volunteer management at nonprofits is funny and too true on any day of the week, but this recent post highlights the free education and training resources from VolunteerMatch, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Upcoming Nonprofit Insights: Volunteering & Employment – Benefits for Individuals, Nonprofits and Companies

Thu, 2014-01-02 12:46

We’re kicking off the New Year with a special, first-of-its-kind webinar, and we’re inviting our corporate, nonprofit AND volunteer audiences to take part! We hope you can join us and our guest speakers…

Join VolunteerMatch for a special free webinar about the link between volunteering and employment.It turns out that working for free can actually help you get a job.

Recent research shows an empirical link between volunteering and employment – and this benefit doesn’t just apply to individual jobseekers. Volunteering also provides value for companies looking to hire engaged employees, and for nonprofits that need the help of people with specific skills looking to build experience.

Volunteering and Employment: Benefits for Individuals, Nonprofits and Companies

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VM_Solutions and #VMbpn.

Join VolunteerMatch’s President, Greg Baldwin, for a special, free joint webinar with LinkedIn, the Corporation for National and Community Service and Deloitte as we dive into several research studies supporting the connection between volunteering and employment.

Whether you’re an individual jobseeker, a nonprofit looking for skilled volunteers, or a company looking for employees, this conversation will provide a wealth of practical ideas for how volunteering and volunteers can help you reach your goals.

Hint: This is a great webinar to share with your volunteers!

Register for this free Nonprofit Insights webinar now.