Professional Associations for Volunteer Engagement

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Global or Online

International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
International membership organization with the mission to promote, celebrate, and strengthen volunteerism worldwide

North America

US Local

For local associations, refer to: Al!VE's Directory of Local Associations in the US

US National

AL!VE: Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement
Current national professional organization for volunteer resource managers in the United States, mainly providing online information.

American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV)
The only national professional association dedicated to the paid and unpaid staff members who work together in all categories of museums, large and small. AAMV provides information and services to individuals, groups, and museums that seek to start or improve their museum volunteer program.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Association of academics and "pracademics" interested in all subjects in the nonprofit world and philanthropy. Publishes Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Annual conference in the fall; active online discussion forum.

National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG)
NAVPLG focuses exclusively on the unique needs of volunteer programs within the structure of local governments, providing resources and promoting ways in which volunteerism can strengthen local government programs.

Society for Healthcare Volunteer Leaders 
Comprised of active professionals with primary or secondary responsibility of volunteer management in healthcare. Also includes paid management staff of healthcare retail shops and retired past members through the Emeritus level. 


Association des gestionnaires de ressources bénévoles du Québec 
The Association of Volunteer Resources Managers of Quebec (AGRBQ) groups volunteer resources managers in the health sector and social services. Site is in French and English.

Association of Volunteer Management Professionals of Nova Scotia (VMPNS)

Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources (OAVR)
The OAVR is an Ottawa-based association open to anyone in the field of volunteer management

PAVR-O - Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources 
PAVR-O is the provincial association for Volunteer Engagement professionals in Ontario. We offer a number of member-only and public services including an annual conference, professional development webinars, discussion forum, mentor program and ongoing research.

Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration (TAVA)
Greater Toronto area.

Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada 
VMPC is the national professional association for volunteer resources managers in Canada. Links to the provincial professional associations affiliated with the national body can be found on this page of the site. VMPC changed its name in 2014 from Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR).


Association of Volunteer Managers
The Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) is an independent body that aims to support, represent and champion people who manage volunteers in England regardless of field, discipline or sector.

The Heritage Volunteering Group
A group of professionals who are passionate about volunteering in the Heritage sector have started to meet and discuss Heritage Volunteering and take action to move the sector forward strategically. 


Volunteering New Zealand
Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of volunteer centres and national and other organisations with a commitment to volunteering

Volunteering Victoria


Japan Volunteer Coordinators Association (JVCA)