Building and Sustaining Strong Volunteer Leadership

  • 11 Mar 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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DOVIA Sacramento Program Invitation

Thursday - March 11, 2021

11:30 am - 1 pm PST


Building and Sustaining Strong Volunteer Leadership

Volunteers initially get involved for many different reasons, typically arriving motivated and full of enthusiasm. How do you sustain the energy and capitalize on all volunteers have to offer? As they grow committed to your organization some of them will welcome the chance to deepen their work, providing incredible support to help you manage and expand your volunteer program, overseeing projects, programs, and even other volunteers. In this session we’ll look at how to recognize and nurture talented volunteers to take on more responsibility (without removing them from what they do best or burning them out). Then we’ll discuss how to develop volunteer career ladders, share leadership with volunteers, how to structure their roles for success, and techniques for bringing it all together.


Betsy McFarland is a strategist and problem-solver who has forged a unique professional niche focused on empowering staff and volunteers committed to tackling challenging societal issues. Passionate about engaging the community, Betsy has extensive experience in engaging and growing volunteers within organizations large and small. She began her career developing the first-ever volunteer program for a local animal shelter and went on to spearhead the launch of The Humane Society National Volunteer Center, the first broad-scale coordinated volunteer effort in the history of the organization, which now engages thousands of volunteers globally. Betsy specializes in providing training, coaching, and assessments in effective volunteer engagement and guides organizations through strategy development to ensure program effectiveness at all levels.

She is also a facilitator for the new National Alliance for Volunteer EngagementBetsy also leads Energize, now a program of Adisa, which provides training, resources and consulting in volunteerism. Energize was founded by Susan J. Ellis in 1977 and has assisted organizations of all sizes and types to start, expand, or strengthen volunteer involvement — whether in nonprofit health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, schools, government agencies, businesses — anywhere volunteers are found.

  • Registration is free.  
  • You must register to receive the Zoom link which will be emailed to registrants on March 10, 2021.
  • Does your agency allow this type of notice with attachments?  You may want to register with your personal email.


Since 1978 DOVIA Sacramento has served to broaden community awareness of volunteerism by furthering communication among DOVIA members, Sacramento/Sierra Region area community agencies, and the public. During this COVID-19 pandemic, DOVIA Sacramento continues to provide a forum for the exchange of information for professional and volunteer leaders to enhance their skills in the volunteer management field.

Directors of Volunteers in Agencies
P.O. Box 162464
Sacramento, CA 95816

Phone:     916.542.0835


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