Make Time for Collaboration | VM Summit 16

Now is the perfect time to register for VM Summit 16.

Why? Early bird registration rates end July 1, 2016. That’s this Friday.

After July 1st, ticket prices will increase by $75 each. Save your nonprofit (or company) a little cash and register now.

You may be asking, “Why should I attend VM Summit 16?


Collaboration at the 2013 VolunteerMatch Summit

We’re glad you asked! By coming together to form effective partnerships, nonprofits and companies have the collective power to create real change in their communities and world. But what makes an effective partnership? There are many opinions out there — most of them fueled by what the “other side” should be doing.

Imagine what would happen if both sides of the equation came together in one room to work through common issues that occur through corporate/ nonprofit partnerships. And imagine engaging in collaborative and empathic conversations that help you find out what the “other side” really wants and needs.

That’s VM Summit 16. VM Summit 16 will bring corporate social responsibility (CSR), employee engagement and nonprofit professionals face-to-face to learn how to create impactful partnerships that best engage corporate volunteers.

Still want to know more?

Browse the event agenda to see our many opportunities for conversation and collaboration. And read about the vision for VM Summit 16, straight from the Summit’s event manager.

Don’t forget: register by Friday, July 1st lock in early bird rates!

Have questions about VM Summit 16? Reach out to us at

Meet the VM Summit 16 Keynote Speakers

VolunteerMatch’s annual conference — VM Summit 16 — brings together nonprofits and companies to work toward a common goal: More impactful partnerships. For more information, check out this press release which announces the upcoming event.

We are thrilled to introduce two talented speakers who will keynote VM Summit 16: Lisa Dietlin and Jay Klauminzer.

Lisa Dietlin, VM Summit 16 Speaker

Lisa Dietlin, President & CEO, The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy

Lisa Dietlin represents the nonprofit sector as an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change. She also founded The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy.

Lisa’s decades-long experience in the fundraising and nonprofit space, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have led her to become one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation.

Lisa is also the author of four books about charitable giving and enacting positive change. In her work, Lisa provides expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations, helping them develop strategies that facilitate transformational philanthropy, charitable giving, and measurable impact.

At VM Summit 16, Lisa will be discussing her new book, I Got Hit By A Taxi, But You Look Run Over, which is literally about how getting hit by a taxi driver changed her perspective on life, and specifically, work-life balance.

Jay Klauminzer, VM Summit 16 Keynote Speaker

Jay Klauminzer, VP of Sales and Merchant Operations & Employee Volunteer Program’s Executive Sponsor, Groupon

As a VP at Groupon, Jay comes to us from the other side of the table — the corporate side. In this role, Jay is responsible for driving quality supply into the marketplace, including building and supporting the sales teams, and making sure merchants are happy and engaged once they’re in the marketplace.

Prior to Groupon, Jay was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he led their Customer Care Practice in North America.

At VM Summit 16, Jay will share stories of how local communities are becoming increasingly connected, and tips for building networks of impact. He will also discuss Groupon’s community work through stories that reflect Groupon’s corporate mission: to grow their love of Local commerce and build networks of impact.

Get your ticket for VM Summit 16 now to lock in early-bird pricing, which ends July 1, 2016.

For questions, please contact You can also stay up-to-date online with #VMSummit16.

VM Summit 16 to Bring Good Companies and Causes Together in Chicago, IL

Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer through pro bono volunteering, days of service, paid time off to volunteer, and more. Is your nonprofit effectively engaging these corporate volunteers?

VM Summit 16, hosted by VolunteerMatch, will bring corporate responsibility and employee engagement professionals face-to-face with local and national nonprofits to learn how to create impactful partnerships. Learn more in the below press release.

VM Summit 16


Registration Now Open for Annual Volunteerism Conference Hosted by VolunteerMatch

San Francisco, CA, May 16, 2016
– VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, announced today that it has opened registration for VM Summit 16, which will be held on October 25, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

VolunteerMatch’s annual conference, officially known as VM Summit, brings companies and nonprofits together in one place to learn and collaborate on how to create better, more impactful partnerships, and harness the power of corporate volunteering for real community impact.

Highlights of VM Summit 16 include a keynote presentation from internationally-recognized philanthropy expert and author Lisa Dietlin, opening reception and sessions from hosting company Groupon, as well as panels of volunteer engagement and corporate social responsibility (CSR) experts. VM Summit 16 will also include interactive sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

“Teams of corporate volunteers and nonprofits who engage volunteers have the same end goal: To improve communities,” says Bree von Faith, Senior Marketing Manager and VM Summit 16 Event Manager. “However, there are too few opportunities for these two groups to meet face-to-face and figure out how to have the greatest impact, together. That’s what VM Summit is for.”

Clients of YourMatch™, VolunteerMatch’s solution for companies and other groups with large-scale volunteer management needs, are invited to attend an additional day of networking, workshops and panels on October 26, 2016. To learn more about becoming a YourMatch™ client, visit

Learn more about VM Summit 16 by visiting, follow #VMSummit16 on Twitter to stay in the know, and take advantage of our early-bird registration today at


VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, serving 100,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $6.8 billion worth of volunteer services. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at, and follow @VolunteerMatch.


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Twitter Chat Recap: Why is the U.S. Volunteer Rate Dropping?

Last week, we took to Twitter to discuss potential causes of the declining volunteer rate in the U.S., and possible solutions. Thought leaders, nonprofit representatives, philanthropists and volunteers all weighed in.

They answered questions such as “How can individuals, nonprofits, and/or corporations in the U.S. do their part to reverse this trend,” and discussed how technological advances — like VolunteerMatch’s API Integration — could help counter this problem.

Missed the chat? No worries! We’ve compiled some of the tweets from the chat. Check out what everyone had to say.

VolunteerMatch Twitter Chat Recap Storify Preview

View the full compilation here.

You can also tweet to us @VolunteerMatch to share your thoughts!

State of the Industry: Volunteer Management Progress Report [Upcoming Webinar]

Volunteer Management Progress ReportCurious about how your volunteer engagement practices compare with other professionals like you?

Wonder what the biggest pinch points are for the field of volunteerism?

Interested in what the average ratio of volunteers to volunteer managers is for nonprofits of various sizes?

We’ll answer these questions and more on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 11 am PST (2 pm EST) during the free webinar State of the Industry: Volunteer Management Progress Report.

The webinar will feature information found in the first Annual Volunteer Management Progress Report, which reflects the results of a volunteer management “state of the Industry” survey conducted by VolunteerPro during the winter of 2015.

Our field as been operating in the dark for too long! The ultimate goal of this report is to paint a more complete picture of today’s volunteer management professionals, while taking into account their organizational characteristics, such as resources, location, etc.

Join us on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 11 am PST (2 pm EST) and hear Tobi Johnson, President of Tobi Johnson & Associates and the Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of VolunteerPro, Trina Willard, Principal of Knowledge Advisory Group, and Jennifer Bennett, Senior Manager of Education and Training at VolunteerMatch discuss what we’ve learned from this report and what it means for those leading, directing and managing volunteers.

Who Should Attend:
  • Leaders of Volunteer Engagement
  • Volunteer Program Managers
  • Those interested in volunteer engagement

Register today (it’s free!)

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