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    • 03/12/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Rob Jackson, an international voice in volunteer engagement, will share his thoughts and lead discussions on topics in volunteerism that Volunteer Engagement Professionals should be considering but no one seems to be talking about. In this session Rob will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can impact our roles as leaders of volunteers. 

    Speaker Bio: 

    Rob Jackson has worked in the volunteering movement for almost 30 years, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteering in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels.

    Rob worked for Volunteering England for six years, most of which he spent as Director of Development and Innovation. Rob successfully generated over £3million of income, led a merger with Student Volunteering England and oversaw the delivery of a number of strategic development projects in the volunteering field. Rob also provided the secretariat to the ground breaking Volunteer Rights Inquiry.

    As well as his expertise in volunteerism, Rob has strong links with the fundraising world. He spent six years as a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee and chaired the Institute’s working party which developed the UK’s first code of good practice on volunteer fundraising.

    In 2011 Rob established Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and now provides consultancy, public speaking and training services on a range of topics, with strategic volunteer engagement remaining at the core of his work. Rob works with clients large and small in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Rob continues to write extensively for the field. He co-authored the 2012 and 2019 editions of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook, has his own blog and is Editor-In-Chief of the Engage Journal.

    • 03/27/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join GAVA for a discussion with professionals in our field about how to know when it's time to leave a role, organization, or opportunity, and how to leave when it's time. Whether you are new to your role or have been there for decades, it is good to know who you were, are, and will be and how to think about planning for the next chapter. Even if you are happy with your role, it's good for planning! Discussion is led by Paul Haluszczak a career coach for non-profit professionals.

    Speaker Bio: Paul Haluszczak is a career coach focused on supporting nonprofit professionals with career advancement, specifically through his 6-Figure Promotion Accelerator program. He believes "good work deserves great pay" and empowers his clients to live out this mantra in their own lives.

    Professionally, Paul began his own nonprofit career in 2016 in communications and marketing and fell in love with the possibility of transforming the K-12 education system. Today, he continues doing work in the education nonprofit sector while running his career coaching business.

    • 04/04/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom

    As a leader of volunteers, are you often prevented from expanding and/or improving your programs because of a lack of funding or support from your Board or senior staff?

    Do you feel that you and your program just don’t have the respect or consideration that the impact you make deserves?

    In many cases, simply knowing how to advocate for yourself, the volunteers and your program can make a massive difference.

    In this interactive workshop, we will cover (and practice!) simple skills for presenting, negotiating and finalizing proposals that will finally get you “a seat at the table”.

    What you'll leave with:

    • Useful guidelines for preparing to speak to the Board;
    • Tips for looking strong and confident (even if you don’t feel that way);
    • Ideas for what to say (and not say) during the presentation;
    • How to negotiate when there’s push back; and
    • Steps for ensuring that what was agreed upon is followed through.

    Speaker Bio: 

    Karen Knight has been providing volunteer engagement advice, mentoring and training for social impact organizations for close to 30 years.

    An internationally-recognized author, presenter and thought leader, Karen is known for challenging the standard thinking around volunteerism, turning a spotlight on overlooked problems and bringing creative solutions to long-standing issues.

    With her passion for making a difference in the world, Karen has gained decades of experience as a volunteer, a leader of volunteers and as a board member. Her professional life has spanned many industries, working in the private, public, and social impact sectors in various leadership positions.

    Using her hands-on experience, combined with the extensive studying and research she has completed in the field, Karen loves to help social impact organizations overcome their challenges.

Past events

02/22/2024 Equipping, Engaging and Educating Board Members for their Volunteer Service
01/17/2024 Leveraging Volunteers for Event Based Opportunities
12/14/2023 Your 2023 in Review & What's Next
12/07/2023 GAVA Presents: AmeriCorps Partnership Information Session
11/16/2023 Volunteer Recruitment: Back to Basics
10/26/2023 GAVA Annual Meeting: Volunteer Engagement Success in 2023
09/14/2023 Turning Volunteers into Donors
08/22/2023 Us -v- Them
07/11/2023 Helping Volunteers Find Their Niche
06/13/2023 Going A.P.E.S. - Creating a Priceless Learner-Centered Environment
05/09/2023 The 3 C’s of Happy Volunteers: Comfort, Convenience, Connection.
04/11/2023 Tools and Resources in Volunteer Management
03/23/2023 Using Your Sphere of Influence
02/23/2023 Diagnosis Imposter Syndrome: Believing in Yourself as a Leader of Volunteers
01/31/2023 GAVA 2023 Volunteer Engagement Professional Networking Event
12/13/2022 Introducing AL!VE's Standards for Organizational Volunteer Engagement
11/10/2022 Neurodiversity in Volunteerism
10/06/2022 Irresistible Organizations and Supportive Environments: Keeping Volunteers and Attracting Their Friends & GAVA Annual Meeting
09/20/2022 Virtual Technology Fair: Volunteer Management Software Tips & Tricks
08/11/2022 Using the Internet to support all volunteers - what does that look like & why it matters.
07/14/2022 Self-Care for the Volunteer Manager
06/23/2022 Engaging Your Board: How to Empower Your Leaders
06/09/2022 Safe to Speak Up: Exploring the Role of Coaching in Psychological Safety
05/02/2022 Becoming the CEO of Your Life
04/12/2022 The Perfect Fit...DEI and Volunteer Services
03/15/2022 Building Confidence and Leading with Confidence
02/22/2022 Engage Your Audience through Social Media
01/19/2022 Volunteer Motivations Across Age Groups
12/14/2021 Working with State Agencies and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
11/09/2021 Engaging Volunteers in the Post-COVID World by Special Guest: Mrs. Plus Size America Elite, Tanya Holloway
10/26/2021 2021 GAVA Annual Meeting
09/30/2021 Am I Making the Right Decision? The Role of Ethics in Volunteer Engagement
08/19/2021 GAVA’s Ask a Colleague!
07/22/2021 GAVA Event: Being a CVA, What's That All About?
06/01/2021 Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
05/20/2021 GAVA Training: Volunteer Recruitment
05/19/2021 GAVA Training: Emotional Intelligence
02/16/2021 GAVA Q1 Event: Training Volunteers Online
10/21/2020 Board Involvement Information Session
06/29/2020 GAVA Roundtable - COVID Questions!
03/19/2019 GAVA Q1 Webinar: Writing Awesome Volunteer Job Descriptions
10/12/2018 GAVA Annual Conference
05/23/2018 GAVA Lunch & Learn Round-table - Strengths and Struggles of Your Volunteer Program
04/04/2018 Lunch & Learn - Volunteer Appreciation
02/28/2018 GAVA Lunch & Learn - Volunteer Recruitment
11/03/2017 GAVA/COVA Conference
07/18/2017 Lunch & Learn

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