Non-profit Networking Night

You are invited to attend the 4th Annual Non-profit Networking Night hosted by UCLA’s USAC Community Service CommissionOffice of Residential LifeVolunteer CenterCareer CenterAlumni Affairs, and Partnership UCLA!

Non-profit Networking Night 2014Non-profit Networking Night connects UCLA students to public service professionals who are currently recruiting for open internships and jobs in their non-profit. The evening features speed-networking activities and the opportunity to sit down with professionals and other UCLA students with similar interests. By interacting with leaders in the non-profit and public service field, attendees gain valuable insight about a wide variety of positions and organizations in the community.  This year’s organizations include representatives from the fields of education, environment, family & children, health, homelessness/poverty, international, public policy/legal, and special needs.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7PM – 9PM

UCLA Carnesale Commons
An optional workshop is being held at the UCLA Career Center directly preceding the start of the program.

Event details will be provided upon RSVP.

Please register online  by Monday February 3, 2014
Please direct questions to

Free Computer Network for a Nonprofit

If you can use a computer network (2 servers, Firewall, Switch, 3 XP Tower computers, and little extras), please contact Melanie at or 626-319-6466.

Compensation and Benefits Survey 2014

Volunteer1All nonprofit organizations need current, local compensation data in order to hire the best talent. Join your colleagues by participating in the 2014 Compensation and Benefits Survey.  The Compensation and Benefits Guide is full of the latest information relevant to your organization or finance & accounting department’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the best talent. Click here to participate in the survey and save $250 on the report.

Virtual Volunteers

See Susan J. Ellis’s entire article at

The first Web site was opened in 1991. That’s only 23 years ago, yet our world has already been transformed in profound ways. Electronic communication is here to stay, and increasingly mobile computing tools and smartphones are permanent elements of our lives personally and professionally.

As always, volunteering was on the cutting edge of social change. First, volunteers played a critical role in creating the Web itself. And, they continue to help shape cyberspace today, particularly the open source programmers who freely share new ideas and applications. The Web enabled entirely new types of volunteer service that could be completed online. Quickly, this was dubbed virtual volunteering, even though the volunteers were not and are not “virtual.” Online service is done by very real people choosing to contribute their time and skills through the Internet.

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