About Us

Empowering volunteer leaders and fostering professional growth in volunteer engagement.

Join AL!VE in advancing the field and building stronger communities.

Founded in 2009, AL!VE (Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement) is a national membership organization of leaders and professionals in volunteer engagement. AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement.  While AL!VE welcomes international members, program and advocacy focus will be US & Territories based.

AL!VE works with colleagues in volunteer engagement to provide networking, professional development, mentoring and advocacy for our peers.

We are:

  • Professionals in volunteer management and engagement
  • Advocates for the recognition and appreciation of volunteer management
  • The resource for and the link to tools, research, and best practices
  • Educators of decision makers in all volunteer management arenas
  • Influencers for redefining job descriptions, compensation, and the position of volunteer manager in our organizations
  • Diverse, inclusive and member driven

AL!VE Strategic Plan 

In January 2020, AL!VE’s Executive Committee gathered for a two-day retreat to discuss future strategic planning for our association. It was important for us to look at where our association has been for the past decade, where we are now, and what we envision the success of our organization for the future. As a member-driven organization and based on the feedback of our members, the Board of Directors have adopted this five-year strategic plan that will further the mission of AL!VE and advance the field for volunteer engagement professionals.

AL!VE's Annual Report

AL!VE holds an annual meeting for its members each November to report out its accomplishments over the past year.

View the 2022 Annual Report.

View the 2021 presentation.

View the 2020 presentation.

AL!VE Organization Structure

As a membership organization, each level of AL!VE’s structure consists of dues-paying members at each level.  Our association’s bylaws has designed the following organizational structure that assists with all areas of the association: