Don’t Forget to Vote on Tues. Nov. 4

Don’t Forget to Vote on Tues. Nov. 4

We’re lucky to live in a country where we can freely express our opinions and have a say in our laws and leadership. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! Less people vote in mid-term elections, because they don’t think they’re as important, or they don’t know about the issues, but making your voice heard is a cornerstone of our democracy. Here are some resources if you need more information about what’s on the ballot. One of my favorites is the East Voter Guide: http://www.easyvoterguide.org/. CalNonprofits has lots of resources at http://calnonprofits.org/programs/voteyourmission/voting-resources. Happy voting!

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INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE BY AND FOR VOLUNTEERS

INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE BY AND FOR VOLUNTEERS

The image of espionage is of clandestine meetings in trench coats, using high-tech gadgetry. But gathering information through surveillance and indirect means does not have to be illegal, unethical, or even done in the dark. Volunteer resources managers can be quiet explorers, observing carefully what other organizations do or, at least, what they present to the public about what they do. Volunteers can be information-gatherers for your organization and some online spying can teach you about recruiting more volunteers. Read More »

Next DOVIA-LA Meeting is Nov. 21

Next DOVIA-LA Meeting is Nov. 21

ROUND TABLE MEETING: ONBOARDING & ORIENTING VOLUNTEERS

The Roundtable will be an opportunity to share resources on ‘Onboarding Volunteers – Volunteer Orientations & More!’ Join us for a lively discussion on what makes a successful onboarding process, orientation, and how to keep orientations interesting. Come with any materials from your volunteer onboarding process including the orientation and be ready to share what you think works well, as well as areas you’d like to improve. This will be an interactive discussion about how to keep orientations feeling fresh while still covering necessary material. Register at http://DoviaVolunteerOrientations.eventbrite.com

Pasadena Volunteer Managers Round Table is Oct. 24

Pasadena Volunteer Managers Round Table is Oct. 24

Friday, October 24, 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Please join us to discuss the topic of youth/junior volunteers.

  • Do you use youth volunteers?
  • If so, has it been a success?
  • Are you interested in using youth volunteers at your organization?

These questions and more will be discussed on October 24th.
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Register at http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/d006016f5fbed115fc7b/view. For more information, contact Melanie Goodyear at 626-319-6466 or email MGoodyear@JerichoRoadProject.org.

Certification in Volunteer Administration

Certification in Volunteer Administration

Top Ten Reasons to Consider CVA Certification
1) Certification offers credibility. The CCVA is the only international entity that
offers the professional credential for volunteer administrators. Certification serves
as a third-party endorsement of knowledge and experience against industry
standards in volunteer administration. Read More »

Take the Lead in Securing Your Nonprofit’s Future

AlchemyDon’t miss out! Submit your application for Alchemy Leadership Seminar, the Annenberg Foundation’s signature three-day capacity building training. Leadership Seminar addresses fundraising, board effectiveness, public involvement and accountability.
Our free training is now open to nonprofits from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The sole cost of admission is the attendance of both the Executive Director and the Board Chair during the three days of training.

Annenberg Alchemy produces results: To date more than 85% of Alchemy Leadership Seminar graduates restructured their boards to more effectively compete for financial resources. As a result, 73% of those organizations raised more money (an average increase of $69,724) in the year following their participation in Leadership Seminar.

Click here to see the eligibility requirements for Alchemy.
Click here to view the 2015 Leadership Seminar schedule.
The last day to apply to Leadership Seminar is October 15, 2014.
For more information, please call (213) 403-3030 or email info@annenbergalchemy.org.

Using Your Words to Increase Your Worth

Using Your Words to Increase Your Worth

Amber D. Nelson, Founder and President of Lingo Consulting, shared a great workshop at Education Day 2014 about how to communicate our impact. When we talk about our organizations, do we talk about being a little nonprofit or helping people, or do we talk about transforming lives and our world? Do we talk about volunteers as people who do little things to help out or do we talk about them as agents of change? One of Amber’s many recommendations: listen to how you talk about your work and make small changes. For example, instead of saying  ‘I’m just a volunteer,’ talk about saving animals’ lives, making kids successful in school, etc.

Claremont Lincoln Univeristy

Claremont Lincoln Univeristy

Claremont Lincoln University offers innovative and affordable master’s degrees in Ethical Leadership, Interfaith Action and Social Impact for community leaders like you – online! Generous scholarships are being offered for those who enroll for the October 2014 term. For more information, call 909-667-4485 or write admission@ClaremontLincoln.org.

Strategic Use of Volunteers

Strategic Use of Volunteers

Enjoying Beth Steinhorn’s keynote talk at DOVIA-LA’s Education Day conference. If someone gave you a surprise $15,000 grant to hire someone in a needed area, what would you use that money for? What is your organization’s greatest need right now? Is there a volunteer who could give you the skills you need instead of hiring temporary staff?

Education Day is Tomorrow!

Education Day is Tomorrow!

If you have any questions before the conference, please contact DOVIA-LA Administrative Manager Barbara Bradley at doviala@gmail.com or 949-454-0758. The board looks forward to seeing you there and hearing keynote speaker Beth Steinhorn!