Knowledge Philanthropists

Knowledge Philanthropists

Check out Susan J. Ellis’ great article about using the knowledge and wisdom in your community to enhance nonprofit capacity. In addition to thinking of volunteers as hands-on help, you can also think of them as knowledge donors. Your agency may need help getting work done, but you could also use help brainstorming, thinking through new ideas, and simply looking at old problems in a new way. Enter the ‘knowledge philanthropists.” Thanks, Susan, for this great article and wonderful idea!

Certification in Volunteer Administration

Certification in Volunteer Administration

March 1 Deadline is Approaching — Register now to become Certified in Volunteer Administration!

In the words of a recent CVA: “Going through the CVA certification process is something
I would encourage every volunteer management professional to do. It gave me an incredible sense of validation for the work that I have done, along with a deeper understanding of a worldwide body of professionals who believe and promote the same core values of volunteerism that I do. I’m so glad I did it!” – Becci J. Terrill, CVA – Shepherds Ministries, Inc., Union Grove, WI

For more information about the process, fees, and the registration form, download the 2013 CVA Candidate Handbook at

Questions? Contact us a or 804-794-8689.

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

Get Involved in DOVIA-LA

We need help on the Membership and Nominating Committees. Both committees are great opportunities to network with other volunteer managers and raise professional capacity in our profession. Membership Committee members greet new members and guests at meetings and introduce new members at general membership meetings. To get more information about the Membership Committee, contact VP of Membership Sasha Muraoka at

For more information on the Nominating Committee, contact Administrative Manager Barbara Bradley at

Resources for Screening Volunteers

Resources for Screening Volunteers

A helpful list of screening resources from the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

If you need other ideas or support for screening volunteers, feel free to contact DOVIA VP of Publicity Melanie Goodyear at I have a few of the books on the list, and am happy to lend them out.

Managing Your Volunteer Talent

Managing Your Volunteer Talent

The next DOVIA mtg. will be Fri., Mar. 15, 9:30 am at the Braille Institute. Use best practices from the field of Human Resources to manage your volunteer talent. To RSVP, contact Barbara Bradley at or 949-454-0758.

Managing people is an art.  Learn how Human Resources can be a strategic partner in management fundamentals such as recruitment, strategic planning, and supervision to better serve your volunteers and their supervisors. Ally HR and Volunteer Services and break down silos to align policies and procedures, collaborate on strategic objectives and share information to serve the overall talent of the agency.  Unite to manage your agency’s talent successfully, whether they receive a pay check or not!

Megan Vixie - DOVIA

Presenter Megan Vixie

The presenter for this session is DOVIA Board President Megan Vixie, who has worked in the field of volunteer management for the past seven years.  Through her leadership at the Beach Cities Health District, the Volunteer Services program now hosts over 600 volunteers annually in more than 20 various programs.  In 2009, she led her team in merging Volunteer Services with Human Resources in order to streamline volunteer processes, creating more efficiency and support for volunteer programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with an emphasis in Non Profit Administration from the University of Southern California and a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Financial Red Flags

Financial Red Flags

For many foundations and individuals considering making a donation to your organization, one of the first things they look at are your financials. Are you aware of the warning signs that make your organization look like a bad investment? Come join your colleagues at the Pasadena Executive Roundtable to discuss Audits & Financial Red Flags.

Mark your calendar for next week, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in the Flintridge Retreat Center, suite 118.

Sue Kujawa, Executive Director of the Pasadena Village will share her experiences and facilitate a discussion about keeping your financial house in order.

To join the Pasadena Executive Roundtable, fill out the attached form or contact Lisa Wilson at the Flintridge Center,

Executive Roundtable

VolunteerMatch Blog

Do you need new and interesting ways to engage volunteers? Check out VolunteerMatch’s “Engaging Volunteers” blog at You’ll get great new ideas and be inspired about all the things volunteers can accomplish!

Meet the 2013 DOVIA Board

DOVIA BoardPRESIDENT: Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, Human Resources Talent Manager, Beach Cities Health District,

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT: Sean D. Devereaux, Manager, Volunteer Services, Aquarium of the Pacific,

PROGRAM AND EDUCATION: Teena Thornton, Volunteer Specialist, Planned Parenthood Los

MEMBERSHIP: Sasha Muraoka, Volunteer Manager, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles,

PUBLICITY: Melanie Goodyear, MAR, CVA, Site Director, Jericho Road Pasadena,

SECRETARY: Nikki Carelli, Program Director, Students Run LA,

TREASURER: Georgina Diaz, Volunteer Manager, California Science Center,

PAST PRESIDENT: Trish Jones, Community Programs Supervisor, City of Palmdale,

CONNECT LA REPRESENTATIVE: Marsha Nave, Coordinator of Volunteer Activities,

VOLUNTEER LOS ANGELES REPRESENTATIVE: Pedro Barrientos, Manager, Agency Partnership & Training,

Administrative Manager: Barbara Bradley,

If you work with volunteers anywhere in the greater Los Angeles region, please feel free to contact us with any questions! DOVIA registration material is at

Jumping Bravely with DOVIA

Rachel FrenchDOVIA-LA had a great meeting last Friday, with a goal-setting presentation by Rachel French of Protea Coaching ( Rachel led us through an exercise in identifying our values, and helping us think about re-energizing our lives by feeding those values regularly. What is it that you love about managing volunteers? Is it the connection to generous people? Or giving people the chance to give back and grow? Or is it mobilizing as many resources as possible to help your agency’s clients? Why do your volunteers continue working with your organization? Connection, learning, or affirmation? The workshop was a great reminder about keeping ourselves and our volunteers connected to passion and values to ensure a rewarding experience for all.

Reminder: Goal-Setting Meeting is Friday

Get help setting goals for your organization’s volunteer program. Please RSVP to Barbara Bradley at Full details on the meeting are here.