It’s National Volunteer Week!

It’s National Volunteer Week!

Thanks to the many great volunteers who give so much back to their communities and our world! For ideas on how to inspire, recognize and encourage volunteers, visit the Points of Light National Volunteer Week website at


Photo Credit: Pasadena Now- Fran Scoble and Judy GainThe Pasadena Community Foundation is a small but growing community foundation that serves the greater Pasadena area. We help donors set up charitable funds such as endowments, family foundation funds, memorial funds, scholarships, etc. and we raise funds to generate support for our local grant making programs. The new Marketing and Development Associate will be the fifth member of a team that reports to a 17 member Board. Read More »

Pasadena Volunteer Managers’ Round Table is April 4!

databasesKeeping Up with Volunteers: Data Management
Delve into the exhilarating topic of databases! Check out a few products that your peers use; bring any ideas you have for good data management systems, databases or other methods of tracking and keeping up with your volunteers. Read More »

The Three R’s of Volunteer Management

DOVIA 009DOVIA-LA had a crowded house last Friday for LaVal Brewer’s ( presentation on volunteer management basics. Read More »

Where Passion Meets Progress

Nonprofits are passionate about building and bettering their communities. And now you have the opportunity to leverage that passion by learning about the internal workings of an effective, collaborative corporation in a broad range of areas including: asset and reputation management, human resources, and succession planning. Read More »

LaVal Brewer Workshop is March 21!

LaVal Brewer Workshop is March 21!
Volunteer-WorkersImagine having not only the financial resources to carry out your mission, but a dedicated team with the desire and skill to help you succeed. Read More »

Update Your Operating System

Update Your Operating System

Databases? Security? Cloud? Get Help HereMany nonprofits have out-of-date hardware and software, as the costs of regular upgrades, both in money and time to learn new systems, can be out of range. Read More »

Open Volunteer Management Position at Special Olympics

Open Volunteer Management Position at Special Olympics



SUMMARY: The Director, Volunteers is responsible for developing and implementing a
comprehensive volunteer management program throughout SOSC for all divisions and oversees all
volunteer service functions of the organization, from identification of volunteer needs fulfillment, to
retention and recognition programs, including oversight of volunteer management software system.

More information can be found at:



Girls on the RunDo you know that volunteers can help your nonprofit but aren’t sure where to find them? Or do you have people calling to see if they can help your organization, but you don’t know what to do with them? DOVIA-LA’s upcoming “3 Rs of Volunteer Management: Recruitment, Retention and Recognition” workshop is for you! This will be a great overview of volunteer management basics, whether you’re a newbie to working with volunteers or a seasoned pro who’d like a refresher. The workshop will also be great for other staff members who work with nonprofits but have never been trained in best practices. Presented by nonprofit consultant LaVal Brewer ( The workshop is free for DOVIA-LA members; $20 for non-members. Registration is at

Create Sustainable Funding For Your Nonprofit

In this session, Benevon instructor and coach, Laura Mellinger will give you an overview of the Benevon Model — a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors. You will learn how to implement mission-focused, permission-based fundraising; how to make your organization more visible in your community and how to identify and cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

 Benevon trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors. This system ends the suffering about fundraising and builds passionate and committed lifelong donors. The Benevon Model was developed by founder Terry Axelrod, author of seven books and several DVDs, including her most recent book, The Benevon Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right. For more information, please visit