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Leadership for Volunteering:

The COVID-19 Experience

Gathering insights from 70 respondents across 67 countries, this research study examines how COVID-19 has impacted the strategic leadership role of national volunteering leadership organizations (VLOs) in advocacy, development and volunteer mobilization.

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The Power of Volunteering to
Change the World

Proud of Our Past, Building for the Future

Building on our rich history and the qualities that make IAVE unique, this Strategic Plan serves as our pledge to meet the future with a renewed and refreshed purpose and commitment to our stakeholders, our members, and to volunteering leadership around the world.

Vol For Social Change

Volunteering for Social Change

Volunteers as Actors and Activists in Protecting Civil Society

In this 4-part webinar series, we will explore the role of volunteers in social activism and the various ways they contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable society. The sessions will focus on the role of volunteers in dealing with the impact of and supporting the recovery from COVID-19.

Impact Report

2020 IAVE

Impact Report

We are pleased to present you our 2020 Impact Report. Through the unforeseen challenges of the past year, we at IAVE have pivoted our work to better engage our networks and to deliver valuable resources to empower volunteer leaders worldwide.


Resources to help Volunteer Organizations

Respond to the Coronavirus

Helpful resources for volunteer organizations to best respond to the pandemic and safely engage volunteers during this unprecedented time.

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About IAVE

IAVE creates a more just and sustainable world by enabling the leaders, organizations, and environments that empower volunteers. At IAVE, we know that when people get involved in their communities, things change for the better.The estimated 1 billion people worldwide who volunteer each year create a collective expression of civic engagement that builds community cohesion and resilience that is fundamental to making a better life for us all. Our mission centers on ensuring that volunteers are safe and supported in their work and allowed to become recognized as legitimate and important actors in achieving a just and sustainable world.

What We Do

IAVE - Advocacy


IAVE advocates for the global recognition of volunteering as vital to the creation of a just and sustainable world. We strive for equity and a diverse share of voice to include volunteering leaders and organizations and to create an enabling and empowering environment for global volunteering.

IAVE - Knowledge Development

Knowledge Creation & Sharing

IAVE advances volunteering’s global practice, efficacy, representation, and influence by generating an evidence base around effective volunteering at the individual, organizational and societal level. We connect and convene people together to share experience, expertise, and ideas.

IAVE - Network Development

Leadership Development

IAVE creates spaces which affirm and grow a global culture of volunteering, giving recognition to the importance of volunteers enhancing social cohesion. We accomplish this through supportive networks such as our Global Corporate Volunteer Council and our Global Network of Volunteering Leadership and through global convenings such as our biennial World Volunteer Conference.

About IAVE

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

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Our Declaration

The Universal Declaration on Volunteering is the framework for IAVE’s advocacy efforts. It supports the right of everyone to volunteer.

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Volunteering Together Magazine

The Volunteering Together Magazine brings you curated stories, news and trends from the global volunteering community.

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Recent News

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Become a Global Friend of Volunteering

Global Friends of Volunteering is a no-cost way to publicly express your support for volunteering.

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