DOVIA Central Mississippi

Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) – A Networking Group for Volunteer Management Professionals & Volunteers

Next Meeting: "Thanking Volunteers This Holiday Season"

BOO! Pull on your skeleton mask and join us for our next DOVIA meeting on Thursday, October 21 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. 

As the holiday season gears up, it's time to think about how you'll thank your volunteers. Come prepared to share with the group your #1 creative idea for saying "We appreciate you!" (Remember, DOVIA can be a great resource. Click here for 101+ Ways to Thank Volunteers.)

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Important Metric in Evaluating Volunteer Engagement

An important metric for gauging your success in retention is to look at how long each volunteer stays with your organization compared to the commitment made by each volunteer at the start of their service.

A high percentage of volunteers initially enter organizations through a short-term activity. If we used the common method of judging retention by duration of service, these folks would inappropriately show up in our records as “not retained” because they only stayed a short time. But that’s exactly what we agreed to with them!

When you recruit and interview new volunteers, do you explicitly talk about the length of commitment you are seeking? The unspoken assumption is that we will be together until we no longer want to be. You may be assuming volunteers intended to remain with you indefinitely when, in fact, all along they had a much shorter timeframe in mind.

Learn more at Energize!

Pivot! Conference
(Webinar replays)

Free webinar replays from Pivot! Make Your Nonprofit Adaptable to Survive What's Next, a virtual nonprofit management conference sponsored by Network for Good.

Giving Tuesday Givers & Friends Fest 2021

Giving Tuesday is November 30, 2021!
Earlier in October, 10,000 attendees from around the world tapped into best practices, creative ideas, and inspiration for rallying their communities to do good on Giving Tuesday. Every major social media platform shared how to use their tools to organize and mobilize. Recordings and resources from every session

National Council of Nonprofits Advocacy Updates (Oct. 4)

Lots of topics this month, including an opportunity to provide input to the IRS on tax-exempt organization forms like Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, and 990-PF. Public comments are due November 30, 2021. Read the whole newsletter here.
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