Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association

Voices for Volunteerism



The Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association is a statewide professional organization advocating for coordinators of volunteer services through support, resources and educational development.

WVCA is a Wisconsin professional association which was founded in 1973 to create a statewide network for managers of volunteers. WVCA is designed to serve as a positive force in the promotion of volunteerism, leadership and volunteer management. 

The association provides annual volunteer management training at the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association's Conference each spring. The board meets regularly to conduct association business, exchange ideas and deal with issues of mutual concerns. WVCA is run by members for members. All members are encouraged to participate on committees and consider leadership positions on the board. Board meetings are open to current paid members. General membership meetings are held annually at the WVCA Conference. 

AL!VE Hybrid Conference hosted by 

the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association

The Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinator Association (WVCA) is excited to host an AL!VE Hybrid Conference on Wednesday, September 14th at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh.

What is a Hybrid Conference? Four 90 minute presentations from dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging trainers will be live streamed to the group. This is a great opportunity for volunteer managers that are not able to attend the AL!VE and Better Impact Conference in Florida.

7:30-8:00am Registration and Networking

8:00am-3:30pm Conference

$10.00 Registration fee-includes box lunch, drinks and morning snack (for special meal accommodations please contact Janine Diana at jdiana@eaa.org)

There are only 100 slots available for this event.


8:00-8:15 Welcome and Intros

8:15-9:45 Rob Jackson-How to Develop as a Volunteer Manager

What do you want from a career in working with volunteers? Do you even see volunteer management as a career or just a step towards something else? How can you take control of your professional development? Drawing on his own personal career journey, Rob will help you focus on how you can develop as a volunteer manager and what options are available to you to make your goals happen.

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Tobi Johnson-It’s About People Work Not Paperwork: Using Psychology to Boost Volunteer Involvement

The world is evolving and volunteers with it. Today’s volunteers have diverse lifestyles, preferences, and needs that must be accounted for when developing volunteer programming and fine-tuning your personal leadership approach. That said, one thing remains constant – the key psychological processes that drive human behavior. New discoveries in brain science, psychology and human behavior are disrupting business as usual and creating new opportunities to connect, collaborate, and mobilize volunteers for the greater good. Why is it important to understand how the brain works? Because our brains determine everything we do. By better understanding what triggers humans to act, volunteer managers can become better influencers and, ultimately, better leaders.

11:30-12:15 Lunch break

12:15-1:45 Elisa Kosarin-Getting Strategic about Volunteer Inclusion: How to influence upwards in your organizations

onprofit’s capacity. Next to fundraising, a well-run volunteer program is an organization’s greatest resource in meeting its mission. However, many nonprofits do not recognize volunteers at the highest levels of their organizations and include volunteer engagement in their strategic plans – even if they currently operate a volunteer program. This scenario leaves volunteer managers with a choice: to make do and experience the frustration of running an under-valued (and often under-resourced) program, or to advocate for the full inclusion of volunteers within their own organizations

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 3:30 Neil McCord-Hospitality Vs. Courtesy

Is customer service a culture in your organization? Neil will expand on this topic using his background working for the Walt Disney Company and in his current role in providing exceptional experiences at Give Kids The World.

You may register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecz9vpxzef0e3f33&oseq=&c=&ch=Volunteer engagement professionals understand the power of their programs to meet and expand a n



Planning has begun for the 2017 WVCA Annual Conference. Now is the time to submit your proposal to present a workshop at the convention.


The Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association (WVCA) is a membership association comprised of local affiliate volunteer coordinator associations in Wisconsin, volunteer centers and individual volunteer coordinators. WVCA facilitates an annual conference at rotating sites to accommodate the membership of a statewide organization. The conference is focused on the development of non-profit volunteer coordinators and corporate employee volunteer managers. Anticipated attendance is 225.


Conference Workshops should address the focus areas of professional development, best practices and/or trends in volunteer management or corporate volunteerism. The workshop may be 60 or 90 min in length for a grouping of 40-50 volunteer managers.


The benefits for a presenter of one workshop include choice of one:

Full Conference Registration (includes breakfast and lunch both days)


$100 payment

Compensation for a presenter of two workshops include both options above.


All proposals are reviewed by the conference planning committee.

WVCA reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal.


Limit your responses to no more than two pages.

Proposals must be received by Friday, August 5, 2016

at close of business.

Please submit a completed WVCA Workshop Proposal by Friday, August 5th to:

Teri-Gene Conlin

3934 London Road

Eau Claire, WI 54701


Questions?  Email conlintg@gmail.com