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Our Initiatives


Volunteer Centers

With the Global Network of National Volunteer Centers and a directory of national volunteer centers worldwide, IAVE aims to enhance volunteering worldwide through reliable, strong, and effective volunteer centers.



IAVE is committed to advocate for volunteering as a powerful tool that builds leadership among youth, helping develop compassionate agents of change, active in the present and working for a better future.



IAVE believes that corporate volunteering is a dynamic, global force, driven by companies that want to make a significant difference to serious global and local problem.


IAVE Leaders

Consisting of the executive officers, regional and national representatives, steering committees, and the secretariat team, IAVE’s leadership consists primarily by volunteers who are elected by the general membership.

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IAVE is the only international organization that exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate the development of volunteering worldwide.

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Universal Declaration on Volunteering

The Universal Declaration on Volunteering is the framework for IAVE’s advocacy efforts. First issued in 1990 during the World Volunteer Conference in Paris, it has been revised and re-issued in 2001 at the Word Volunteer Conference in Amsterdam to kick-off the United Nations International Year of Volunteers. This Declaration supports the right of every woman, man and child to associate freely and to volunteer regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, and physical, social or economic condition.


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