Join us for The FVA Annual Conference!

Offers leaders in volunteer management an opportunity to enhance their skills, address issues important to the field, and grow their professional network.

Thursday, November 9, 2023
8:00am – 4:00pm
Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence, Ohio

Virtual option also offered

Conference Includes:
6 CEU Educational Credits
Lunch From Brennan’s (in person only)
For lunch option descriptions CLICK HERE
Recognition of Volunteer Administrator of the Year
Raffle/Basket Prizes

Networking and Resources Materials

Featured Speakers/Workshop Sessions


Rob Toonkel, CVA, CVM, CAVS, CDVS, 

Director, Volunteer Services & Creative Solutions Arnot Health

When Merely Liking Gets You a Licking: Effective
Recognition in the 2020s.
 In a permanent state of limited budgets and limited time, it is imperative that Volunteer Leaders deliver effective recognition – what is wanted, in a state that is wanted, and in words that touch the heart rather than fall straight to the floor. Together, we will talk about how to cut through the clutter, how to tweak the typical to stir the soul, and to how make those around us feel more seen – and more appreciated. Join us as we leave the lazy world of likes for a new environment you and those around you will love.


Betsy McFarland CVA,

Principal at Adisa, LLC

Managing Challenging Volunteer Situations

Dealing with difficult or uncomfortable volunteer situations can leave leaders of volunteers feeling uncertain. In this interactive session, we’ll examine common factors that can lead to issues in volunteer engagement, effective methods for preventing many of those situations from developing and practical tools for addressing them when they do occur. If you've encountered awkward or difficult volunteer situations, don't miss this opportunity to add some new tools to your toolbox.

Advocating for Support for Volunteer Engagement: Insights from New National Research
New, groundbreaking research has illuminated the significantly increasing demand for nonprofit programs and services, and the substantial benefits volunteers can provide in filling those needs. Yet, nonprofit executives report their organizations are challenged to find the volunteers they need. At the same time, while funders see significant potential for volunteer involvement, they have many questions about whether volunteers can truly deliver the impact desired. What does all of this mean for the profession? We’ll explore key learnings from the research and provide actionable steps volunteer engagement professionals can take to effectively make the case for investments in volunteer engagement.




Christine Hockman

Founder, Certified High Performance Coach & Mindset Coach, One Degree Shifts

Spark a Positive LeaderSHIFT
Countless people are feeling burned out, stuck on auto-pilot or completely disengaged at work and in life. That's why as leaders, it matters now more than ever to inspire and motivate ourselves, our teams and our organizations.In this workshop:
● Learn the pillars of positive leadership that fuel higher employee engagement,empowerment and productivity.
● Discover the small mindset and energy shifts you can make to feel fully charged and light a fire in others.
● Get ideas and tools based on neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology and performance science that will help you bring more purpose, curiosity and optimism into your life and leadership.
You are a “stone in the water.” Make your ripple effect a positive one!

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Want to be involved in 2023 year’s event? Feel free to reach out to our FVA Conference Chairs at [email protected]