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What is the goal of The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement?

The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement is a cross-sector coalition of entity leaders, funders, professionals, researchers, consultants, and Volunteers who share the same desired outcome, as expressed in the mission of The Alliance:

To guide and inspire collective action towards embracing Volunteer Engagement as a key strategy for driving positive community change.

The Alliance envisions a future when Volunteer Engagement is embraced across sectors as a core strategy for expanding impact and maximizing organizational effectiveness towards mission accomplishment.

Central to that vision is a world in which organizational leaders prioritize Volunteer Engagement as a key strategy for capacity building and community strength, and in which philanthropic organizations support grantees in strategically deploying this renewable human capital.

Just as non-profit entities and funders consider diversity, strategic planning, and evaluation as model practices, for example, The Alliance seeks to similarly elevate Volunteer Engagement to a standard principle and practice expected by organizations and funders alike.

Is The Alliance intended to replace other associations, such as AL!VE?

The National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement is not a replacement for AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) or any other existing national or regional organizations or associations. Rather, The Alliance seeks to establish a standing coalition of all those meaningful organizations, and more, to facilitate collaboration across many sectors, bringing together more voices to build united strength for collective action.

Refer to the Entity Partners page of this website for more insights.

Why is The Alliance movement so crucial right now?

Communities across the United States are struggling in response to a global pandemic, a faltering economy, and racial injustices. Non-profit entities and government agencies are on the front lines of the community response, and volunteers are an asset with skills, talent, time, and energy to sustain—and even expand—services.

Yet, most organizations lack the necessary support and direction to strategically deploy the renewable resource of Volunteers. Philanthropic support to close this gap remains the exception rather than the rule, as funders often consider Volunteer Engagement a “nice to have” program rather than a strategic imperative for mission accomplishment.

As our nation attempts to create more sustainable and just systems and practices in our communities, collaboration across the non-profit, government, and corporate sectors will be crucial. An informed, empowered, and effectively deployed citizenry will be essential in every area of our ongoing rebuilding, and that will require solid infrastructures the likes of which we have yet to imagine.

Bottom line: Volunteer Engagement is indeed a key strategy for driving positive community change. Our nation’s entities are encouraged to elevate their embrace of this call.

What steps may I consider taking to support this movement to elevate the strategic position of Volunteer Engagement in our nation’s entities and communities?

Entity leaders and funders of non-profit, community-driven and Volunteer-supported organizations at all levels may more deeply engage in this movement by:

– Stay connected with The Alliance via all social media outlets:

Facebook – @All4Engagement
Twitter – @All4Engagement
LinkedIn – @All4Engagement
Instagram – @All4Engagement
(connect to all four social media pages via links above)

– Share this website with others who also desire to be part of the movement To guide and inspire collective action towards embracing Volunteer Engagement as a key strategy for driving positive community change.:

All4Engagement.org (make link active to this website)

– Stay in touch with The Alliance and receive periodic updates by completing the form on:

All4Engagement.org/stayinformed/stayconnected/
(make link active to this page on this website)

– Get actively involved by joining a Working Group supporting The Alliance and its work by completing the form on:

All4Engagement.org/getinvolved/serve/ (make link active to this page on this website)

– Follow the most current news generated by The Alliance at:

All4Engagement.org/stayinformed/alliancenews/ (make link active to this page on this website)

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