2021 Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

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April 28, 2021
10–11:30 a.m.

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$29 No charge

thanks to the support of our sponsors Thunderbirds Charities, Tucson Foundations and Mutual of America

Volunteers make up the largest human resource in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector. In Arizona, nearly a quarter of residents volunteer, contributing $4.5 billion in service. As such it could be argued that volunteers are truly “essential workers” who make possible the mission and programs of countless nonprofit organization serving the public good. This is especially so for volunteers who serve the most vulnerable of our citizens during this time of ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic and other social conditions.

Join your colleagues (volunteers, donors, staff, board members and interested community stakeholders) for a virtual Forum that reveals the role and promise of skills-based volunteers, the essential nonprofit “workforce” for the “now and the next” in advancing community well-being. Also, learn about the Service Enterprise Initiative as an essential framework for assuring exemplary volunteer management practices.

Opportunities will exist for a virtual volunteer recognition during the Forum to showcase your appreciation of your “essential workers!”

It is fitting that this Forum occurs during Global Volunteer Month. Come learn, engage and celebrate volunteerism in Arizona and beyond.

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9:45 am Forum opens for networking
10:00 am - 10:10 am Welcome and Setting the Context
10:10 am - 10:40 am Panel #1: Maximize Your Mission with Skills-based Volunteering
Our panel of experts discusses how the engagement of skills-based volunteers can expand your staffing model, helping you to expand programs and raise money while increasing efficiency.

  • Javier Alaniz (facilitator), National Site Consultant and Training Manager, Public Allies National Office
  • Melinda Gulick, Interim Executive Director, Experience Matters
  • Lori Singleton, President & CEO, Arizona Forward
  • Donna Martin, Volunteer Services Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley (BGCAZ)

Q&A will follow.

10:45 am - 11:15 am Panel #2: Building Capacity for Success
Building on the emphasis of volunteers as essential workers, this conversation will widen your lens to the organizational level and outline specific action areas used by certified Service Enterprise organizations to out-perform their peers and achieve greater social impact.

  • Jacky Alling (facilitator), Senior Fellow for Philanthropy, ASU Lodestar Center
  • Emily Litchfield, Director of AmeriCorps/Service & Volunteerism, Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family
  • Jesús Love, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County
  • Gina Hansen, Volunteer Resource Manager for Habitat for Humanity Tucson and President of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA)

Q&A will follow.

11:20 am - 11:30 am Wrap-up and Closing
11:30 am - 11:45 am Networking and Celebrating Volunteers


Thunderbirds Charities

Mutual of America

Tucson Foundations

Communication partners

Southern Arizona Volunteer Managers Association

Experience Matters

Valley Leadership

Greater Tucson Leadership

Global Volunteer Month

Global Volunteer Month

April is Global Volunteer Month. Get involved in your own community with virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities and recognize the impact of volunteers worldwide.

For more information about this event, please contact Phil Bencomo at phil.bencomo@asu.edu or call (602) 496-0500.