|VAT:||Volunteerism's Newsletter||Vintage: 1993|
This article is being re-printed for non-commercial use as approved by GRAPEVINE,
A Volunteerism Newsletter.
|The DOVIA Exchange
By Ivan Scheier
Dear DOVIA Exchange Readers:
Were pleased and excited to be a part of Grapevine. As introduction or, for some, reminder: "DOVIA" Directors of Volunteers in Agencies is the most frequent name for local or regional associations of people with a career or other serious interest in leadership of volunteers. Other equally good names are "DOVS," "network," "society," "association," "roundtable," etc.
The DOVIA Exchange, now in its ninth year, exists to promote networking and growth among some 600 DOVIAs in North America. Unless you live way out in the country, you're unlikely to be more than fifty miles from the nearest DOVIA; an estimated 50% or more of volunteer administrators are members of a DOVIA-type professional association.
The checklist at right offers some suggestions we've learned over the years for operating a successful DOVIA. We suggest several knowledgeable people complete the checklist independently, then compare results - the differences can be illuminating. To the extent consensus exists on a total score, unchecked statements are a basis for improvement plans. But if you are a new DOVIA, or in the midst of major reorganization, a relatively low score is normal -do not be discouraged.
We'd very, much like to hear from you with questions about the meaning or importance of any statement, your suggestions for other success practices to include in future checklists, and a copy of your consensus checklist (definitely to be kept anonymous).
Next issue we'll feature feedback on the checklist or any other input you'd care to share. We'll also have a first resource list specifically targeted on effective DOVIA functioning. Finally, we begin a series on new careers for volunteer coordinators.
Doing DOVIA Right A Success Practice Checklist
_____ Leaving space blank means not significantly true of us
One check means partly but not fully true of us
Two check means fully true, close to perfect, really excellent
-Membership has steadily increased over the past years.
-We recruit members aggressively, using inclusive criteria.
-Membership list is updated yearly, with labels and computerized.
-We dont have trouble getting and keeping good people as officers and committee chairs (this includes good new people).
-Our membership, workshop and other fees are affordable.
-Membership benefits include discounts and special rate offers.
-We award more-than-token scholarships to deserving members.
-New members are matched with a mentor, if they want one.
-Our permanent address doesnt change with new officers.
-DOVIA files are in a permanent, secure, convenient location.
-Our excellent newsletter comes out (on time) at least quarterly (or we have regular extensive coverage in a related newsletter).
-An accurate, complete membership directory comes out annually.
-We publish member resources and needs to facilitate networking.
-Members have access to a well-stocked lending library.
-We collaborate with related organizations and/or nearby DOVIAs.
-We sponsor or co-sponsor joint recruiting and/or recognition events.
-Our annual award for outstanding volunteer coordinator is a big deal.
-Annually we have a special event for members and their bosses.
-We sponsor or co-sponsor an excellent annual workshop series.
-Think tanks and/or trainer opportunities, etc. show our special concern to offer something meaningful to advanced members.
-Weve developed our own traditions, both serious and humorous.
-We have our own attractive logo (or other identifying design).
-Yearly, we carefully survey members reactions/needs re DOVIA.
-DOVIA-as-a-whole has a general community betterment project.
-Give yourself two checks here for something outstanding youre doing, not mentioned above.
______________ Total number of checks time 4 for score of 0-100.
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