Volunteering Leadership

IAVE believes that leadership organizations focused on valuing, supporting and developing volunteering provide a catalyst to enhance our common mission, getting more people involved as volunteers and raising awareness on the strategic value of volunteering, all while building key-partnerships to develop and execute successful initiatives. Thus, establishing this dynamic network advances our promise to deliver on key-asks being made by volunteering leadership organizations all over the world.

WHY A LEADERSHIP NETWORK?

The Global Network of Volunteering Leadership (GNVL) is IAVE’s new program to bring together national and regional structures working to strategically move volunteering forward.

Our research in over 100 countries worldwide, flagged how a significant number of these organizations lack sustained and sufficient capacity to achieve their mission. IAVE sees a great opportunity in this adversity: we believe that leadership organizations focused on valuing, supporting and developing volunteering provide a catalyst to enhance our common mission, getting more people involved as volunteers and raising awareness on the strategic value of volunteering, all while building key-partnerships to develop and execute successful initiatives.

WHO CAN JOIN THE NETWORK?

We are building and scaling this network to welcome organizational members from all regions in the world. As we kick-off our efforts to build and spread strategic opportunities for the network, the criteria IAVE uses to identify membership eligibility is:
  • The organization is recognized by IAVE as a leadership for volunteering organization. This includes:
    • showing evidence of operating at a national level or a strategic regional level to promote and support volunteering; and
    • showing evidence of linkages and/or active relationships/partnerships with volunteer-involving organizations, government and corporations, as well as institutions such as United Nations Volunteers when appropriate.
  • The organization believes in the values and vision of IAVE and is prepared to work with us, being our ambassador. The organization commits to actively engage with IAVE through, for example, disseminating and sharing information, inviting and engaging new members.
  • There will be no additional payment to join the Global Network of Volunteering Leadership; non-IAVE members are expected to join within 6 months of being a member of the Network.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING?

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a strategic global network focused on volunteering! We have developed a curriculum with an initial plan for program offerings; membership of IAVE’s Global Network for Volunteering Leadership include:
  • Opportunities to engage and interact with other members of the network through a password protected section on the platform that allows for member-to-member engagement. Members will be provided with a membership badge that can be displayed on their website.
  • An invitation to our biennial Tools for Volunteering Leadership Conference and to regional network-gatherings, organized in parallel to IAVE’s convenings, offering tools and networking opportunities to help build your capacity as volunteering leadership organizations.
  • Funding grants for organizational capacity development.
  • The opportunity to apply for the IAVE GNVL Fellowship, a year-long leadership development program for select network members.
  • Access to virtual learning and development opportunities, including skills-based webinars, toolkits, and resources for volunteering.
  • The opportunity to work together to advocate for volunteering, enhancing recognition for its importance and adding greater value to the support of global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Engagement opportunities with the members of IAVE’s Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC), the only leadership network for global companies, headquartered throughout the world, that share a commitment to engaging their employees as volunteers in their communities.