Our Mission

The mission of Directors of Volunteers in Agencies – Los Angeles (DOVIA-LA) is to provide education, networking and support opportunities that promote excellence in the field of volunteer management.

Our Vision

The vision of DOVIA-LA is to create a Path to Professionalism that will enable members to ensure effective and rewarding involvement of volunteers in achieving the goals of our members’ agencies.


DOVIA-LA was launched in the mid 1960’s and has since been offering itsDOVIA-LA-14 members educational opportunities, channels to exchange information about issues and developments affecting volunteers and the field of volunteer management, and a collaborative means to take action.

Who We Are

DOVIA-LA is a professional membership organization for individuals who provide leadership to volunteers. Members represent a diverse range of nonprofit organizations who meet bi-monthly to discuss current issues and share information relating to public, private, and philanthropic organizations serving the Greater Los Angeles area.



  • Initiated the nationally-adopted Court Referral Program in 1975, along with the help of the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles.
  • Organized a conference with a federal government official to discuss concerns over the deficient involvement in the recently-initiated Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The consultation resulted in the establishment of a National Advisory Board.
  • Assisted the corporate and community leader task force hosted by Mayor Tom Bradley in the formation of a permanent training center for nonprofit organizations.
  • Participated in the planning of the 1994 International Association for Volunteer Administration Conference held in Anaheim, California and organized the first National DOVIA DAY held during the conference.
  • Supported the formation of CONNECT LA, an organization dedicated to connecting groups for community good.