Executive Directors Leadership Institute

Executive Directors Leadership Institute

Apply Now for the 2016 Wells Fargo  Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI), a 12-month program combining classroom instruction with one-on-one coaching to help nonprofit leaders turn their visions into reality! Read More »

Craft the Right Message to Promote your Volunteer Program

Craft the Right Message to Promote your Volunteer Program

Back by popular demand! Amber Nelson was a very popular speaker at Ed Day a few years ago, and will return to help us craft good messages to recruit and retain great volunteers. Amber D. Nelson launched Lingo Consulting, Inc. to address the many umms and errs of the world. With a degree in Journalism from Boston University and more than 20 years experience crafting messages with organizations and individuals across the nation, she knows how to talk, how to listen and how to communicate in a way that gets things done. She is a RIVA-certified moderator with a strong business mind, a quick wit, and a sense of adventure. She regularly conducts workshops and seminars on effective communication, moderates focus groups and ethnographies and coaches clients in strategic workplace communication.

Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program: Ed Day Keynote

Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program: Ed Day Keynote

Keynote Speaker LaVal Brewer will present ‘Challenges To Avoid In Your Volunteer Program.’

Yes, there are dangerous volunteers. They fall into two camps, vampires and zombies. Both impact your ability to grow, manage and lead your organization. They affect the capacity of your managers and volunteers to drive results and they can spread their bad habits to other volunteers. You must protect your organization and deal with them now! Read More »

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight: Steven Park

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight: Steven Park

Steven Parker

Q&A with Steven Parker, Program Associate

Coaching Corps

Q: Where are you currently working and how long have you been managing volunteers?

A: I work as a Program Associate at Coaching Corps. My main responsibilities include: Managing all Southern California volunteers, recruitment of volunteers, managing salesforce for SoCal, and generating reports to inform strategies. I’ve personally worked with volunteers for quite some time now. As a student in college I lead a couple of volunteer trips and I worked with volunteers throughout a year of service in Mandeville, Jamaica from 2010 to 2011. Working with Coaching Corps puts my experience with volunteers to the forefront of my work. At Coaching Corps, we partner with sports programs in low-income communities by providing them with trained, volunteer coaches. We offer the same training to our partners to train volunteer coaches they recruit on their own. Our comprehensive training outlines strategies for working with youth, setting up practices, and implementing youth development principles throughout coaching.

Q: How were you introduced to DOVIA-LA and what do you enjoy about the group?

A: We heard about DOVIA through an e-mail and we’ve enjoyed the discussions we’ve had with our contemporaries. I personally enjoy hearing about the successes and challenges that other volunteer organizations in the Los Angeles area experience and learning from them.

Q: Will you share a memorable volunteer story?

A: I recently spoke to one of our volunteers who coached a young basketball team. When he first took over the team, many of the players weren’t sure what they were doing and, as a result, they lost their first four games. Despite losing, he was witnessing improvement from all of his players. After that fourth loss, his team did not lose again until the championship game! His enthusiasm, excitement, and pride radiated through the phone. He was so proud of the way his team never gave up, practiced their skills, and turned their season around. He immediately committed to coaching the next basketball season as he hopes to see his team win the championship!

Q: Do you have any tips for volunteer managers?

 A: I take time to get to know our volunteers and hear their stories. I think this ultimately helps create the personal relationships I have with many of our coaches which makes my work much easier.

Q: Do you have any hobbies that help you maintain work/life balance?

A: I love sports. When I’m not working I’m either off playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, or tennis. I also love to coach and hope to find some time this summer or fall to pick up a youth sports team.

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight

DOVIA-LA 2015 Member Highlight
Q & A with Gwen Hourihan; Coordinator of Volunteer and Community Programs
 Union Station Homeless Services

Gwen photo

Q: Where are you currently working and how long have you been managing volunteers?

A: I am the Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Community Programs at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena.  I celebrated my one year anniversary in March 2015 but started as a temp over a year and a half ago.  Prior to USHS I managed volunteers under my title as event manager for over ten years.  My main responsibilities include helping manage volunteer placement, supervision and communication with approximately 3,000 volunteers, including over 200 regular volunteers and over 60 regular groups in our seven facilities.

Q: How were you introduced to DOVIA-LA and what do you enjoy about the group?

A: I was introduced to DOVIA by my supervisor at Union Station.  I was thrilled that such a resource exists.  DOVIA provided me the opportunity to meet and discuss volunteer administration with other professionals in the field.

Q: What’s a memorable volunteer story?

A: One of the many memorable stories is of a woman who works in our Adult Center emergency shelter helping the Security Team at the front desk.   She let us know that her first day was so emotional she cried because of the many struggling community members she saw that day.  She reached out to us, we discussed her understanding of the position, and she is now volunteering three days a week at that facility!  It was very touching that she was so moved by the people we serve and the care that our staff shows the community members in need.

Q: You are in the process of receiving your CVA, how has it been going?

A: The CCVA is fantastic at communicating information on the CVA process.  I really appreciate their dedication to advancing the position of volunteer administrator and am excited to take the test and complete the practical application process.  I appreciate the opportunity to further my knowledge and education in this area.

Q: Do you have any tips for volunteer managers??

A: We believe in quick responses to all inquiries in our department and I see its value as a sign of respect while putting our best selves forward.  I also hold two aspects of my job as crucial: safety and ethics.  Maintaining a positive attitude/positive department helps our organization’s reputation as one that values people who take time out of their lives to help us.

Q:  Do you have any hobbies that help you maintain work/life balance?
A: My number one hobby is spending time with family and friends.  That time includes walking our dogs, going to the theater and movies, and gardening.  Gardening I usually end up doing alone which is just fine as I also enjoy my “solo down time.”

501 (c)onference

501 (c)onference

Center for Nonprofit Management’s 501(c)onference, Roads to Greater Impact, will be June 2-3

Southern California’s largest conference for nonprofit leaders powering ideas and moving organizations forward.

Take this chance to think beyond the day-to-day. Hear from powerful leaders, gain new approaches, and walk-away recharged and reconnected.

Find out more and register at http://www.cvent.com/events/501-c-onference-2015/event-summary-e1c72b0b4e6b42aaaccddbf28a14c55e.aspx .

Sign up by April 15th to get $135 off.
Sessions include:
Driving change and taking risks
Find and forging creative partnerships
Challenging the board and keeping your job
Redefining overhead
Changing your tactics to achieve your mission

Plan for Professional Development in 2015

Plan for Professional Development in 2015

The new year is underway; resolutions have been made; plans set. Have you included dates for professional development in 2015? The best way to make sure you’re saving time for improving your volunteer management skills is to get that time on your calendar. Look to the Energize Directory for the Volunteer Management Profession (https://www.energizeinc.com/directory?utm_source=February+2015+Update&utm_campaign=UA-392700-2&utm_medium=email) for learning opportunities available to you, including:
Calendar of Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
Ongoing Courses and Classes
Certification and Credentialing Programs
On-demand Webinars
We list events that require onsite attendance and/or are available online – anywhere in the world.

Who is Your Communications Role Model?

Who is Your Communications Role Model?

What? You’ve never thought about a communications role model? Just like you have sport, fashion, professional, or familial role models, I recommend you identify a communications role model. Think about those people you admire most. Maybe it’s a football player who displays great sportsmanship by offering a helping hand to the guy he just bulldozed. Perhaps you like the quirky way a particular actress mixes and matches her wardrobe pieces. You could love the precision of a Martha Stewart holiday or be drawn to the beautiful mess of your aunt’s wild kitchen experiments. I encourage you to go through the same process in regard to communication. Look around your world at your officemates, your management team, business gurus, the characters on your favorite TV shows, your friends and family: who among them demonstrates your version of an excellent communicator? Read More »

IRS Support for Nonprofits

IRS Support for Nonprofits

Did you know that the IRS provides webinars for nonprofits? Check out the list of webinars on their website: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Phone-Forums-Exempt-Organizations.

Pasadena Executive Roundtable Presents Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits

Pasadena Executive Roundtable Presents Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits

Join us at a special meeting of the Pasadena Executive Roundtable when we welcome the CEO of Cal Nonprofits, Jan Masaoka as she shares findings from Causes Count: the Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pasadena-executive-roundtable-presents-jan-masaoka-ceo-calnonprofits-tickets-15446047544?ref=enivte001&invite=NzQ2NjA0Ny9tZ29vZHllYXJAamVyaWNob3JvYWRwcm9qZWN0Lm9yZy8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitenew001&utm_term=eventpage Read More »