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2020 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference!

October 20 - 21, 2020


‘Managing Risk: Balancing Aversion and Innovation’ is a volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC. Now in its sixth year, this year's topic will explore how balancing innovation and aversion to risk impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures. Our current streaming event will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think TED talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.

This year’s presenter lineup includes: Jennifer Bennett, CVA, Lori Gotlieb, Sarah Olivieri and Lindsay Baker, CVA. The session will be hosted and moderated by Faiza Venzant, CVA. Read more about the workshops and presenters at: https://www.betterimpact.tv/vmhc2020


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Pacific/ 10:30 - 4:30 PM Mountain

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM Atlantic/ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern/ 8:30 AM -2:30 PM Central

This unique event will broadcast live from Hamilton, Canada on two separate days, October 20 and 21. You may register for the day and time zone that works best for your local group. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with the likelihood of an audience of 1000 or more.

One of the goals of this event is to provide quality, high level professional development events in local areas where access and resources may be limited to local associations of volunteer engagement professionals, volunteer centres, or other entities with an interest in professional development for those who engage volunteers.

How does it work? Your local group pays a connection fee and arranges for a location (with a screen, speakers, and space for an audience), meals and a local facilitator to guide local discussion. You can charge your local attendees whatever price you choose. It could be a free event or you may charge a fee per person (determined by you) and make some profit for your local network.

Your local association provides:

  • suitable bandwidth, sound system and viewing screen

  • meeting space

  • local facilitator

  • registrations

  • food & refreshments

We provide:

  • customizable marketing tools (flyers & videos)

  • special 'marketing your event' webinar

  • training for your local facilitator

  • ideas for icebreakers and additional content

  • certificates for CVA re-certification tracking

  • speakers (more than 5 hours of content)

  • handouts for the day of the training

  • support for managing the livestream event

Would you like to host a local event? Local associations of volunteer engagement professionals, Volunteer Centres or organizations with multiple volunteer management staff are all invited to participate. International speakers are presenting to you, locally!

The basic requirements for hosting include:

  • Register on the Better Impact website here https://www.betterimpact.tv/vmhc2020 and pay the conference hosting fee ($550 or $500 for VMPC members)

  • Secure a venue that can support the audio/visual and internet requirements

  • Organize refreshments and an option for lunch (it can be brown bag if your venue allows it)

  • Run your own registration process (the fees you charge are your own)

  • Provide a host for the day who will be trained in advance to interact with the local participants.

Fees: Early Bird rate before July 1st = $500 for VMPC members and $550 for non-members

After July 1st = $550 for VMPC members and $600 for non-members

Register now at https://www.betterimpact.tv/vmhc2020  (Space is limited!)

Please note: registration ends on September 30, 2020.

To sign up for an information session to learn more, go to: http://mms.volunteeralive.org/members/calendar4.php?org_id=ALIV 

Questions? If you have questions, please contact Lindsay, Chair of Professional Development, at pd@vmpc.ca