IAVE creates a more just and sustainable world by enabling the leaders, organizations, and environments that empower volunteers.
An estimated 1 billion people worldwide volunteer each year to make a better life for us all. Volunteers are the world’s advocates, activists, and change-makers. We believe that volunteer leaders—individuals and organizations—are critical to valuing, supporting, and developing volunteering at national and regional levels.
Photo: Ruth Lewin, IAVE Board Chair, at the 24th IAVE World Volunteer Conference, Mexico
First established in 1970 by a group of women who were passionate about giving back to their communities through volunteering, IAVE has grown to become a globally recognized network working with thousands of volunteer leaders worldwide.