Incredible workshops offered at VAN Conference

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The VAN NW Annual Conference is so thrilled that Beth Steinhorn, President of the Fixler Group is going to be our keynote speaker!  But did you know she has also agreed to lead two workshops?  Below are the two workshops Beth will lead but we will also have many other offerings. In fact, we are seeking RFPs for workshop presentations now! You can find the application at http://vannw.org/conference/workshop-presenter-application/  We all have wisdom to share and we at VAN, we want workshops for both new and experienced Volunteer Managers. beth-steinhorn

What Gets Measured Gets Done
Demonstrating results goes beyond counting the number of volunteers in your program and the hours of service they provide. This interactive workshop will lead participants through a process designed to demonstrate quantitative and, more importantly, qualitative results that position volunteer engagement as a valuable and effective resource within your organization. Learn how to use accountability tools including work plans and progress reports to measure impact and outcomes. Consider how to make the case for volunteer engagement and learn how storytelling can be used as a tool for spreading the word about the impact and return on investment of volunteer engagement.
Strategic Planning for Volunteer Engagement
What happens when you shift from thinking of volunteer engagement as a program of your organization and, instead, consider it a vital strategy to fulfill your mission? When organizations embrace engagement as a strategy, they harness community talent and skills to deliver more programs, lighten staff workload, gain more ambassadors, increase donations, and, ultimately, fulfill mission. Yet this doesn’t happen overnight. Shifting from viewing volunteers as a program to one of engagement as strategy takes commitment, leadership support, training, and a plan. This workshop will feature data and trends to support such a shift and highlight case studies of the organizations who have made this shift over the past few years. The session will also include an overview of the process and elements of a volunteer engagement strategic plan and participants will begin a case statement for engagement to build support for a strategic plan for engagement.

Registration is open now for the VAN Conference HERE. Scholarships are also available. So we hope to see you on Friday, June 24 at Cascadia College.

Thanks to our sponsors: United Way of King County and the Volunteer Centers of Washington!

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Lisa Yeager has more than 15 years experience in Volunteer Management. She has lead volunteers at the Bellevue Art Museum, WACAP, Hopelink, Encompass, Autism Speaks (Walk Now for Autism), and the Sno-valley Senior Center. She has won the DuFort Award for Volunteer Management, and Program Manager of the Year in 2000. She is currently Treasurer and conference chair for VAN.