2015 Annual Conference

  • 24 Mar 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta -5601 North Allen Road Mableton, GA 30126

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2015 COVA Annual Conference

21st Century Volunteerism

Balancing Time Talent & Treasure


8:00 - 8:30 Registration

8:30 - 9:15 Breakfast & Networking

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker
Jenny Schmitt - Cloudspark

10:00 - 10:15 Transition/Break

10:15 - 11:30 Session 1
The Importance of Grant Management
Yovonda Malbrough - North Fulton Community Charities
Understand the value, purpose, and resources of grant management.
Swimming Upstream: How to Succesfully Navigate Challenging Situations
Whitney Deal - Kilpatrick. Townsend and Stockton
Having trouble figuring out how to build consensus to advance an initiative or organization? Sharing from her own experience of creating the corporate citizenship program at Kilpatrick Townsend, Whitney Deal will discuss how she got buy-in from the top levels of firm management to the most junior staff and the challenges she’s faced along the way in trying to help the third largest law firm in Atlanta appreciate that sometimes the best hours aren’t billable.
Corporate Volunteerism: Making It Work for You
Kisha Stanley - United Way
Learn how to use volunteerism to further your organization’s mission, leverage resources, and increase engagement without the stress of logistical planning. Whether you would like to create new projects, deepen your engagement with prospective donors, employ effective board members, or learn how to manage a group of volunteers, this session will offer ways to partner with UWGA to maximize your volunteerism efforts and drive sustainable change in your organization and community.

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 Session 2
Train and Develop Your Teams Towards Organizational Success
Alex Desiderio - Independent
How are your volunteers doing? Are all team members receiving the same information and education to be the steward you need them to be? Learn techniques to engage, educate and excite your teams to become the voice for your organization to connect and grow your patrons.
Moving from Significant to Essential: Strategic Planning for Next-Level Volunteer Programs
Terri Thiesen - Terri Thiesen Consulting
An organization and its volunteers should be mutually benefiting from a strategic relationship. Likewise, your volunteer program should be an integral part of your organization’s overall strategic plan. This interactive, collaborative workshop will support you in developing a ‘strategic plan for volunteerism’ within your organization, providing tools, resources, and knowledge to enable you to create, implement, and reap the rewards of your plan.  Workshop participants will learn from an expert in the field and from each other as we discuss a systematic approach to defining priorities, developing goals, understanding how to measure success, and implementing the actions you’ll need to take to achieve the goals.  We’ll discuss reasonable timeframes for plan implementation and provide a way to determine the resource needs to support your plan.  Join your colleagues as we refine a critical skill – developing strategy – for building our next-level volunteer programs.  The keys to “planning success” will be revealed in this workshop!
Finding the Suite Spot: The Non Profit and Corporate Relationship
Wakeeta Rosser - Gas South
This workshop will discuss the best practices for non profit organizations to building successful relationships with the corporate community. The points covered will be:
Breaking barriers
Transparency - Be open and honest
Respect the game
Setting specific and realistic goals
Measure, Measure, Measure

2:15 - 2:30 Transition/Break

2:30 - 3:45 Session 3
Nonprofits and Content Marketing in 2015
Deanna Anderson - Aqua PR
In this session we will explore the following topic related to content marketing and nonprofits:
• Does content marketing matter to my nonprofit?
• How effective is your nonprofit at storytelling?
• What tools are available to help me quickly and easily produce and distribute content?
Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition
Kendall Styles - Give Center at Georgia College

Transitioning Volunteers to Advocates
Cicely Garrett - Atlanta Community Food Bank
Your volunteer pool can be a tremendous untapped resource for advocates. A motivated volunteer can help to advance the mission of your organization both internally and externally.  Advocacy offers volunteers the opportunity to become engaged with the organization on a deeper level and gain a 360° perspective of the organization. This session will highlight the how to identify, cultivate, and best utilize volunteers as advocates

3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks

2015 COVA Annual Conference

21st Century Volunteerism

Balancing Time Talent & Treasure

8:00am - 8:30am - Registration
8:30 - 9:15 Breakfast & Networking
9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker
10:00 - 10:15 Transition/Break
10:15 - 11:30 Session 1
Knowing Your Worth
Yovonda Malbrough - North Fulton Community Charities
Swimming Upstream: How to Navigate Challenging Situations and Getting Buy-In
Whitney Deal - Kilpatrick. Townsend and Stockton
7 Secrets to Managing Volunteer's Time, Talent & Treasure
Kisha Stanley - United Way
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Session 2
Effective Volunteer Training Programs
Alex Desiderio - Independent
Moving from Significant to Essential: Strategic Planning for Next-Level Volunteer Programs
Terri Thiesen - Terri Thiesen Consulting
Ask for a Date Before Marriage: The Real Transition of Building Corporate Partnerships
Wakeeta Rosser - Gas South
2:15 - 2:30 Transition/Break
2:30 - 3:45 Session 3
Nonprofits and Content Marketing in 2015
Deanna Anderson - Junior League of Atlanta
Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition
Kendall Styles - Give Center
Transitioning Volunteers to Advocates
Cicely Garrett - Atlanta Community Food Bank
3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks