Leadership Development


IAVE creates global structures to enable members to learn from and support one another, with programming that addresses challenges and enhances the participation and effectiveness of volunteers. We support a global network of leader-practitioners who can speak to the value of volunteering in building safe, civil and resilient societies.

Photo: 22nd IAVE World Volunteer Conference, London


We bring together diverse groups of leaders of volunteering in settings that encourage discussion, reflection and learning. Participants are invited to focus on specific issues challenging volunteering and on how to increase the impact of volunteering on the world’s most pressing problems. IAVE’s convenings include biennial World Volunteer Conferences and Regional Volunteer Conferences, as well as Special Interest Convenings to focus attention on issues of significant interest to target audiences.

Special Interest Networks


Global Corporate Volunteer Council

IAVE’s Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC) is a leadership network for global companies that share a commitment to engaging their employees as volunteers in their communities. By equipping corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals with the tools and resources they need, GCVC helps its members advance their global employee volunteer programs cross departmentally and globally.

Photo: Transformative Impact Corporate Volunteering Conference, hosted by IAVE & VSO


Global Network of Volunteering Leadership

IAVE’s Global Network of Volunteering Leadership (GNVL) is a global network for national and regional volunteering leadership structures. This peer-to-peer network allows members to engage with one another to share insights and form global partnerships. Members receive special support and opportunities from IAVE, such as access to virtual learning sessions and invitations to in-person events.

Photo: 24th IAVE World Volunteer Conference, Mexico City

Become a Member Today

IAVE strives to build an inclusive network, open to individuals, organizations and corporate businesses of all capacities and resources. We offer numerous ways to get involved in the global volunteer movement.