VMG presents the 4th Annual


Volunteer Management for Nonprofit Professionals
New York City Conference
Engage Your Volunteers
Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
University Settlement at the Houston Street Center
273 Bowery, New York, NY

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8:30 am

 Doors Open: Breakfast/Networking  

9:00 am

Keynote: Integrating Volunteers into Your Fundraising Plan

Libby Zimmer
Libby Zimmer
Senior VP, Dir. of Development
The Partnership for Drugfree.org
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Libby Zimmer joined The Partnership at Drugfree.org as the Senior Vice President, Director of Development in June 2011. Libby plays an important role in increasing the nonprofit’s development capacity.

Libby has a long history working in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Her most recent post was as Executive Director with The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education, where she developed the foundation’s fundraising portfolio with high-profile partnerships. Prior to working at The Maurer Foundation,  Libby served as National Director for Foundation Relations at The March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to improving infant health through education. She also held the position of Executive Director for the St. Charles Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic corporation supporting the St. Charles Hospital and as President and CEO for St. Mary’s Foundation for Children, where she was recruited to establish a philanthropic foundation for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

Libby has a BA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for Port Washington Children’s Activity Center, the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.



10:15 am
Engaging Volunteers to Build Stronger Relationships

David Dosamantes
David Dosamantes
Independent Consultant
David Dosamantes Consulting
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Volunteering is about making the most of time, passion and talent in serivce of the organization's mission.  David's workshop will help professionals make the transition from volunteer programs as transactions to building stronger relationships.  Best practices will be examined as well as common pitfalls, and most importantly, practical solutions will be shared. Issues of valuing volunteers, using exit interviews, negotiating the volunteer’s role, keeping promises, putting yourself in the volunteer’s shoes, and using the volunteer to design new projects will be explored. Participants will learn how to apply innovative strategies to fully engage volunteers to assist with accomplishing the organizational mission.

David's Bio David Dosamantes is an organizational development specialist with demonstrated experience in strategic planning, fund development and management, providing leadership to both staff and volunteers, and providing innovation for professional development programs.

David has implemented new programs and delivered leadership training for both Board members and staff located throughout North America. He also created pools of 70+ volunteer facilitators and provided direct management of each individual placement and evaluation. In addition he has directed professional development initiatives for Presidents and Presidents-Elect of local Boards.  As a trustee, David has co-founded and chaired a strategic planning committee and currently is a proud board member of a start up organization - Cloud Peak Project which is assisting disadvantaged youth onto higher education.  He enjoyes movies, food, novels, museums and touch football.

David holds a
BA in Political Science from the City University of New York-Queens College and a Masters in Public Administration  in International Administration from New York University.

 11:15 am

Engaging Young Professionals in Your Volunteer Program Mission

John Lynch
John Lynch
Volunteer Engagement Specialist
Center for Families and Children
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John Lynch is the Volunteer Engagement Specialist at the Center for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio, one of the region's largest human services organizations. John manages CFC's volunteer and internship programs and oversees their Associate Board.

John serves on the Board of Directors and as Professional Development Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Cleveland, where he has taken the lead in spearheading well-attended programs focusing on volunteer engagement and career development for YNPN’s 1,200+ members.

John won the "Top 25 Under 35" award from Inside Business magazine and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators, a nonprofit organization whose membership is comprised of volunteer administrators throughout Northeast Ohio.

John served as Quality Improvement Consultant for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Quality Mental Health Specialist for the Employment Alliance. He was Assistant Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute,  Debate Coach at the College Preparatory School, and Director of Parliamentary Debate at University of California, Berkeley. John was the Admissions Coordinator for Education Unlimited and the Debate Coach at Head-Royce School in Oakland, California.

John holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.  He enjoys volunteering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cleveland International Film Festival, and HandsOn Northeast Ohio. He is frequently invited to speak to nonprofit organizations on the topic of engaging young professionals in their mission.

12:15         Lunch
1:00 pm

Utilizing Social Media for Volunteer Engagement

 Marianna Moneymaker
Marianna Moneymaker
Online Outreach & Production

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  Marianna's  Bio Marianna Moneymaker has a BA in TV/Film production and MFA in Creative Writing for Stage and Screen. As a freelancer, she worked on projects as a writer/producer, web designer, video editor and compositing & FX. She's worked on 50+ media projects and has trained 50+ people in video production. Her work for the organization WITNESS leverages her storytelling and technical skills for the communications department online. In this position, she's increased their visibility over 300% in the less than two years for the organization. She's previously worked for the following organizations and productions: DCTV, LGBT Community Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital, HIV Education Center, Our Scene TV, “Freeheld” the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject and others.

To learn more about Marianna's work and WITNESS, visit the WITNESS Web site .

2:15 pm

The Leadership Ladder: Fostering Volunteer Engagement and Leadership

Wes Moe
Wes Moe
Director of Volunteer Relations
New York Cares

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Wes Moe, Director of Volunteer Relations, New York Cares, will join us to share his insight with regards the recently released evaluation report from New York Cares, The Leadership Ladder, including the evaluation process, interpretation of its findings, and how those findings helped the organization to create, develop and implement the Volunteer Engagement Scale (VES). The report 2009 Leadership Ladder offers new perspectives and strategies to improve volunteer recruitment and engagement, and measures how and why volunteers become more committed to an organization – and perhaps more importantly, retained by the organization – by incorporating leadership development opportunities into core programming.

“This is a terrific report…in its lessons for how personalizing and enhancing the volunteer experience can create new levels of engagement and leadership that can truly be measured.”

 ~ Michelle Nun, CEO Point of Light Institute, Co-Founder, HandsOn Network

To download the report from the New York Cares Web site, click here

Wes's Bio Wes Moe has been a New York Cares volunteer and staff member since 2007.  He previously worked on a team to organize New York Cares Day to send 8,000 volunteers to 100 schools and Hands On New York Day to send 6,000 volunteers to 85 green spaces. He also managed over 400 volunteers during the New York Cares Coat Drive.

In his current position as Director of Volunteer Relations, Wes provides leadership and direction to a team of 12 fulltime Volunteer Relations staff members. Wes and his team are responsible for welcoming more than 16,000 new volunteers and the training, recognition, and development of more than 1,100 volunteer leaders.

Prior to his work at New York Cares, Wes was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan from 2004-2006 and completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps NCCC member.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology and History from Loyola College in Maryland.

3:30 pm

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