IJOVA History

International Journal of Volunteer Administration


Professional association
  • in 1961 called the American Association of Volunteer Services Coordinators.
  • An international professional association of members engaged in the management of volunteers in nonprofit, governmental, school-based, quasi-nonprofit, and similar organizations.
  • Changed name in 1979 to Association for Volunteer Administrators (AVA).
Member Benefits Through the Years
  • Certified Volunteer Manager (CVM) certification program, currently CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator).
  • Quarterly Member Briefings.
  • Electronic mailing list and chat room, CyberVPM.
  • Volunteer Management magazine was offered as a member benefit with each member receiving four issues per year.
  • International Conference on Volunteer Administration, which brought together the experts and instructors in the volunteer administration.
  • JOVA Beginning in 1982 the Journal of Volunteer Administration (was applied research on the management of volunteer programs until 2006.
Refreshing IJOVA

Editorial board in 2015 sets an aggressive agenda to reconsider the journal and took the following steps:
Engaged consulting firm to develop new website and implement a subscription management system.
Made the decision to move away from publishing two or three issues to publishing manuscripts as they are reviewed and approved.
Reconstituted the board to grow membership and move to the next phase of leadership.

Detailed Past History written by Dale Safrit, Jr. Past Editor