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Professional Associations Serving Geographic Regions

Professional societies/networks for leaders of volunteers -- sometimes known as "DOVIAs" (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). Most are organized for a geographic area and volunteer management practitioners from any type of setting may join.  Some are limited to specific types of settings.  Some are affiliates/chapters of national or state/provicincial bodies.

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United States


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 Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP)

Individual membership association for volunteer resources managers in healthcare -- under auspices of the American Hospital Association.  AHVRP also has active chapters in all states and also in large cities. They offer a CAVS certification program. There is a section specifically for leaders of all-volunteer hospital auxiliaries.

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

We are a professional educational organization comprised of active professionals with primary or secondary responsibility of volunteer management in healthcare. Our national membership also includes paid management staff of healthcare retail shops and retired past members through the Emeritus level. Networking, professional certification and recognition for contributions to healthcare are only some of the benefits for becoming part of our organization.

Volunteer Development Council (of the National Human Services Assembly)

Formerly called NOVN (National Organizations Volunteerism Network), Volunteer Development Council is a network of volunteer management professionals from leading national nonprofits responsible for supporting volunteer engagement throughout their organizations.  It is also a vehicle for collaborative action among its members.


Alabama Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (ALSDVS)

ALSDVS is a professional society of individuals who are responsible for the administration of volunteer services in health care institutions.

Central Alabama Association of Volunteer Managers

Serving the greater Birmingham area. (Reorganizing as of 2016 -- contact Janis.evans@alacare.com for more information.)


Anchorage Association for Volunteer Administration

For information, contact serve.alaska@alaska.gov.


Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism

(part of Governor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families) 

Association of Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona

Serves Phoenix, Central Arizona including Maricopa County- Association of Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona

Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA)

Serves Tucson and Southern Arizona - Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (SAVMA


California Volunteers, Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies - Los Angeles

Visit www.doviala.org for information on meetings and membership.

DOVIA San Fernando Valley

Membership/professional association of volunteer management practitioners that serves San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley. Meets bi-monthly at member agencies.  Send email for additional information: doviasfv@yahoo.com.  


Meets the third Friday of every other month, 9:30am - 12:00pm. 


DOVIA Sacramento meets once a month, typically on the second Thursday of each month from 11am-1pm. Location rotates around to different agencies throughout Sacramento. DOVIA Sacramento offers 2-3 half-day trainings per year. For more information, visit www.doviasacramento.org.

Orange County DOVIA - OneOC
Ventura County Volunteer Coordinator Council

The Council meets once a month to discuss issues that will help volunteer coordinators to recruit, train and retain an active volunteer base.

Volunteer Administrators Network

Volunteer Administrators Network provides professional development and support to San Diego County's volunteer administrators in the form of trainings, monthly roundtable discussions on relevant volunteer management topics and networking events.


Colorado DOVIA

Serves the Western Slope of the State of Colorado in Grand Junction DOVIA

DOVIA Colorado- Larimer County Chapter

Serves Northern Colorado. Larimer County DOVIA is a chapter of DOVIA Colorado.

DOVIA of the Denver Area

Serves Denver and the Surrounding Communities
We are one of the country’s largest and most successful DOVIA’s. Our members are enthusiastic and committed professionals who care deeply about promoting excellence in volunteer management. We offer professional growth, networking, and leadership opportunities to both the experienced and new members in the field of volunteer management.

Pikes Peak Area Volunteer Managers Roundtable

Coordinated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado Springs.


Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators

Serves the entire state of Delaware and surrounding regions. DAVA is a statewide, professional network of salaried and non-salaried managers of volunteers.

District of Columbia

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) serves Northern Virginia region, DC and Maryland.


Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management (FAVRM)

Some of Florida's most progressive Volunteer Managers representing government, non-profit or faith-based organizations. Meets quarterly in central part of state for easy access

Florida Association of Directors of Volunteer Services (FADVS)

Florida state association for leaders of volunteers in healthcare.

Council of Volunteer Management of Central Florida

Meetings are held monthly at rotating member agencies, primarily in Orange County (lunchtime meetings)

Director of Volunteer Services (DOVS) of Palm Beach County
DOVIA of Sarasota/Manatee County

Regular meetings of local volunteer professionals. For locations and meeting dates please contact sgroff@tidewell.org

Hillsborough Association of Volunteer Administrators


Georgia Association for Volunteer Administration

GAVA promotes, develops and strengthens professionalism in volunteer leadership throughout the state of Georgia. 

Council Of Volunteer Administrators (COVA)

Association of leaders of volunteers in Atlanta and the surrounding area.


South West Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS)

SWIDOVS is a networking group of Volunteer Services Directors in Southwest Idaho.


Illinois Volunteer Management Network

The Illinois Volunteer Management Network seeks to cultivate an extensive resource network of volunteer managers and administrators in voluntary agencies and associations, small and large, across Illinois. Meetings and activities are held in various areas of the state; see site for regional links. Coordinated by Serve Illinois.


Association of Volunteer Administrators--Metro Chicago (AVA-MC)

The Association strengthens leadership and provides advocacy for the field of volunteer resource management and provides an accessible forum for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration

Dedicated to promoting excellence in volunteer programs by encouraging and enhancing professional development of volunteer administrators through education, networking and mutual support. 


Central Indiana Association of Volunteer Administration (CIAVA)


Leaders in Volunteerism

We are a Iowa-based consortium of volunteer professionals that provide monthly trainings, annual 1-day conference, and grants

Volunteer Administrators Network

Serves Johnson and Washington counties in Iowa.


Managers of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) Topeka

Gathers once a month to build professional relationships and partnerships, improve the relevance of volunteerism within the community, and educate/support  volunteer managers.


Kentucky Society of Directors of Volunteer Services

This group for volunteer managers in healthcare settings is affiliated the Southeastern Healthcare Volunteer Leaders.
To stimulate and promote the growth of volunteer services within healthcare institutions in Kentucky.


DOVIA New Orleans

Southeast Louisiana Regional DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Alliance) organization providing leadership development and networking through meetings, online resources, special events and training days. 

DOVIA of Greater Baton Rouge

Convened by Volunteer! Baton Rouge.


Volunteer Maine Peer-to-Peer Networks

Listing of 8 regional networks of volunteer resources managers, with contact information for each, coordinated by the Maine Commission for Community Serivce.


Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services (MCDVS)

Since 1957, promotes and strengthens the field of volunteer administration and the skills of volunteer management professionals through collaboration, support, education, and leadership development. 

Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County, MD

Formed to assist businesses in creating employee volunteer programs and to support those program leaders.


Greater Boston DOVA (Directors of Volunteer Administration)

Yahoo! Group for volunteer coordinators in Boston, who also meet in person regularly.


Newaygo County Volunteer Coordinators' Committee

Organized through the  Volunteer Resource Center of Newaygo County. 

Volunteer Management Association of West Michigan (VMAWM)

VMAWM is a professional organization focused on promoting excellence in the field of volunteer management by providing educational opportunities, networking events, and valuable resources.

Washtenaw Association of Volunteer Coordinators (WAVC)

The group meets every two months, rotating locations at different member organizations. 


CLOVE (Council of Local Organizations for Volunteer Enhancement)

Network of coordinators and leaders of volunteer programs in the greater Mankato area.

Fargo Moorhead Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS)

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS) is a nonprofit association whose goal is to educate professionals who coordinate volunteer programs. Our purpose is to provide Volunteer Coordinators, Directors, and Managers with opportunities to unite under a common cause. We offer professional growth through educational seminars and workshops.

Northland Volunteer Center-AEOA

Northland Volunteer Center-AEOA is an association of leaders of volunteers that meet to network and sponsor special recruitment events and awards to promote and strengthen volunteerism in Northern St. Louis County, MN.

Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA)

The Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators (RAVA) is a network of leaders of volunteers in the Rochester, MN area that meet to network, receive professional development, and strengthen volunteerism in our region of the state.


DOVIA Central Mississippi

DOVIA Mississippi (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) is a networking group of professionalsfrom the greater metropolitan Jackson area.


Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association

Professional organization of 100+ individuals representing 52+ organizations in the Metro-St. Louis area (Illinois and Missouri). The group meets monthly for networking and education. Three months of the year, special half or full day workshops are offered in cooperation with University of Missouri - St. Louis. Topics range from leadership and supervision to strategic plans and recruitment. Participants attending 3 workshops over time earn a Chancellor's Certificate in Volunteer Management.


New York

New York State Association of Directors of Volunteer Services

Membership in the state association originates at the chapter level. There are seven chapters covering specific geographic areas of New York state. Membership is open to those who manage or direct volunteers in health and healh-related orgaizations and facilities.

New York Association for Volunteer Administration(NYAVA)

The New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NY AVA) provides members with a full network of educational resources including a variety of year-round workshops and meetings where professionals who work with volunteers can meet and share experiences. We offer our members such benefits as biannual membership meetings, mentoring for CVA certification, an extensive Job Bank, NY AVA Newsletter and apprenticeship placement.

Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Service

RAAVS provides support,guidance, training and resources to individuals working in the volunteer management field. 

Rochester Region Association of Directors of Volunteer Services (RRADVS)

Membership is open to those who are administrators (managers, coordinators or directors) of volunteers in health and health-related organizations and facilities.

The Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators (APVA)

Professional development and networking for volunteer managers in a wide variety of settings on Long Island, NY in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier (VAST)

Contact through the United Way of Broome County.

Volunteer Administrators of the Twin Tiers

To increase awareness and cooperation among persons in the Twin Tiers involved in the development, implementation, coordination and participation of volunteer programs.

North Carolina

North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration

NCAVA provides education and leadership towards effective volunteer management in North Carolina. 

PRAVA (Piedmont Regional Association of Volunteer Administration)

We usually meet the 4th Tuesday of the month. Connect to us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or by email for meeting locations. We'd love to have you join us!


Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA)

Our mission is to provide education, leadership, and support towards effective volunteer management in the Metrolina area. Benefits of membership include networking with peers, excellent educational events, job referrals, mentoring program and leadership opportunities.

North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration

Formerly called  the Henderson County Association of Volunteer Administrators (HAVA).

North Dakota

Fargo Moorhead Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS)

This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.


Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators

CAVA’s mission is to equip, enrich, and empower volunteer administrators and volunteers to create positive impacts on the communities in which we live, work and play. 

Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators

CAVA provides for its members by providing professional development, scholarships to Ohio conference and CVA, and educational opportunities, by promoting communication and cooperation among those managers of volunteer programs and by supporting volunteerism in the community.</p>

Forum for Volunteer Administrators

The Forum for Volunteer Administrators (FVA) is dedicated to the continuous professional development and support of Volunteer Administrators throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators

Serves the Dayton area.


Central Oklahoma Volunteer Administrators

TulsALIVE is northeastern Oklahoma's membership organization encouraging Volunteer Managers to develop skills, knowledge and abilities in active leadership inspiring volunteer engagement. Members and guests network and participate in learning opportunities, along with support and mentoring individuals new to their roles--whether paid, unpaid, in nonprofit, service, or corporate settings--and those seeking Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).


NOVAA - Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association

Dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to volunteer management professionals in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. 


Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators

Membership represents volunteer management from a wide range of local organizations in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, including from the arts, cultural, educational, faith-based, health and human services.


Society of Volunteer Administrators of the Lehigh Valley
VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities In Community Endeavors)

A coalition of volunteer driven organizations whose mission is to develop, promote and strengthen the role of volunteerism in meeting community needs in the Central Susquehanna Valley (Lewisburg area). 

Volunteer Administrators Network of Adams County

To provide education, training, resource sharing and networking opportunities for individuals and organizations working with volunteers in Adams County (Gettysburg area).

Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA)

To encourage quality volunteerism in Westmoreland County by, assisting, supporting and networking with agencies and organizations that utilize volunteers.

South Dakota

DOVIA of the Sioux Empire

Centered in the Sioux Falls area, with statewide reach.


Volunteer Administrators Network

For volunteer resources managers in the greater Nashville area.


Texas Association, Directors of Volunteer Services (Healthcare)

TADVS prepares members to meet the challenges in today's health care industry by focusing on strong educational programs, an extensive communication network of peers, and accessibility to volunteer management resources. 

DOVIA (Directors Of Volunteers In Austin)

For volunteer resources managers in central Texas.

DOVIA of East Texas

Serves the greater East Texas Community. 

DOVIA Tarrant County

Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) Tarrant County serves as a professional association for volunteer managers who work in organizations that utilize volunteers. DOVIA members are invited each month to share in networking opportunities, professional development, scholarship opportunities and more.

Houston Association of Volunteer Administrators

Education and networking opportunities with Houston area volunteer administrators.

SAVA (San Antonio Volunteer Administrators)


Greater Richmond Associaton of Volunteer Administrators (GRAVA)
Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

NVAVA membership workshops/meetings are offered every other month on various member-selected volunteer management topics that meet the needs of both the new and seasoned volunteer administrator. 

Southeastern Virginia AVA - Volunteer Management Association

The Southeastern Virginia Volunteer Association (SVAVA) is a professional non-profit organization that pursues excellence in mobilizing and supporting volunteer resources management.


DOVIA Washington

Washington State volunteer program managers.

DOVIA of the Inland Northwest

Spokane area.

DVPA (Directors of Volunteer Programs Association)

Association in Southwest Washington.

Volunteer Administrators Network Northwest (formerly DOVIA of King County)

Networking and education events offered throughout the year.


Wisconsin Association of Directors of Volunteer Services - WADVS

WADVS is the Wisconsin professional organziation for directors and other employed leaders of volunteer services in healthcare facilities. 

Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association (WVCA)

A professional, statewide network for administrators of volunteers in any type of setting.

Bay Area Managers of Volunteer Services (BAMVS)
Chippewa Valley Volunteer Coordinators Association

The CVVCA is a group of volunteer coordinators and community members who collaborate to work more efficiently in the Chippewa Valley with and for volunteers.

Coulee Region Volunteer Coordinators

Coulee Region Volunteer Coordinators (CRVC) is a collaborative organization that promotes the profession of volunteer management and supports volunteerism throughout our region.

Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services (DCAVS)

Bi-monthly programs, annual conference, bi-monthly newsletter, IVMA celebration, networking opportunities, and over 50 member organizations.

St. Croix Valley Volunteer Leadership Network

 Serves Washington County in MN and Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties in WI.



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).


Manitoba Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)

MAVA grows and strengthens the field of volunteer resources management.

Nova Scotia

Volunteer Management Professionals of Nova Scotia (VMPNS)


Brant Regional Association of Volunteer Administrators (BRAVA)

Serves Brantford and Brant County, Ontario.

Durham Region Association of Volunteer Administrators

The Durham Region Association for Volunteer Administration (DRAVA) is a professional networking body that supports members, provides education, identifies and responds to current trends in the volunteer administration sector.

Kingston & Area Association of Administrators of Volunteers

KAAAV is a multi-disciplinary membership association of volunteer managers. 

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 Co-Ordinators Association of Sarnia-Lambton (VCASL)
York Region Association for Volunteer Administration (YRAVA)
Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources (OAVR)

The OAVR is an Ottawa-based association open to anyone in the field of volunteer management


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.


Administrators of Volunteer Resources-Saskatchewan (AVR-SK)

An association that unites administrators of volunteer resources to promote best practice support professional development, facilitate networking and advocate for the profession and its impact in the province.