Meet Alex Price, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Alex Price from ADT will be speaking at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client SummitName: Alex Price

Title: Community Relations Manager

Organization: The ADT Corporation

The Session: “Lessons from the Field: Launching a Company-Wide EVP”

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

I’m always in pursuit of cause areas to focus on that match a personal passion. In my (very limited) time outside of work, I’ve recently poured myself into a focus area: my home state of Florida. This summer I’m assuming a new role on the board of Connect Florida, an organization that educates, engages and inspires my state’s top emerging leaders to make Florida a better place. I’ll be spending the next few years working on things like Everglades restoration, public school improvement, veterans issues, and other areas of need in the Sunshine State.

About Alex Price:

Alex leads Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility for ADT Corporation. Over the past 2 years, Alex has helped build the corporate citizenship function at ADT and recently launched ADT Always Cares, their nation-wide community service program promoting volunteerism for their 16,000 employees. Prior to his current role, Alex managed media relations for ADT’s commercial business unit.

Alex began his career in New York City at BBDO, one of the world’s most prestigious ad agencies. Alex then transitioned into a role in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, and for three years served as Manager of Communications for the NYC Department of Education, focused on promoting education reform.

In 2006, Alex launched a nonprofit organization nycTIES (a 501(c)3) to engage young professionals in critical local causes and promote life-long volunteerism and board service. It’s now one of the city’s strongest service organizations. He served as President for its first 4 years and now advises the organization as a director on its board.

Connect with Alex Price on Twitter.

Learn more about Alex Price and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Upcoming Special Webinar: A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

This month VolunteerMatch presents a special joint edition of our Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series. We invite our nonprofit and corporate members to come together and learn from experts in building strong volunteer partnerships.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint webinar about corporate nonprofit partnerships.

In September, 2013, VolunteerMatch hosted a webinar that covered the key ingredients for a successful corporate-nonprofit volunteer partnership. The session was so popular, we’re bringing you back for round two!

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series, as we welcome back three experts in corporate-nonprofit partnerships who will present from multiple perspectives: Nonprofit consultant Mazarine Treyz will represent the small nonprofit viewpoint, Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group will provide the voice of large organizations, and Amanda Lenaghan from the Charles Schwab Foundation will present the corporate angle.

A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET)

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Registrants will walk away with new knowledge, practical strategies and tactics, as well as concrete resources and handouts. Whether you work at a nonprofit or a corporation, this webinar will enable you to move your program to the next level through successful partnerships.

About Our Speakers:

Amanda Lenaghan is Manager of the Charles Schwab FoundationAmanda Lenaghan has a deep passion for connecting people with opportunities to use their talent to make an impact. As Manager of the Charles Schwab Foundation, Amanda leads the employee volunteer strategy and is responsible for engaging Schwab’s 13,000 employees in service. Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. Prior to Schwab, she served as Deputy Director of Taproot Foundation, the nation’s leader in pro bono service. There she led their award winning Service Grant program in the Bay Area and advised corporations on effectively engaging their employees and clients in service. Amanda’s background also includes managing nonprofit fundraising campaigns totaling $10 million, leading community development programs in Ecuador, and competing as a varsity track athlete at Georgetown University.

Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries.Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries. Her deep level of expertise in fundraising, grant management, and environmental, social justice, and faith-based initiatives, allows her to offer specific insights that help organizations achieve consistent, quality program results at the chapter, national, and international levels.


Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising and other popular, well-reviewed books on nonprofit fundraising.Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, called one of the Top 10 books of 2010 by Beth Kanter, author of the Networked Nonprofit. Her second book is The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, published 2012, given a 5 star rating by Joanne Fritz, editor, Her latest book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, was published April 2013. Ms. Treyz has raised over $1M for small, national and international nonprofit organizations via grants, events, appeals and more.

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The Team Descends on Sustainable Brands: A Social Story

Abby Golebiewski and Julie VanDeLinder from the VolunteerMatch team spent this week in sunny San Diego, soaking up the rays and attending the fascinating Sustainable Brands conference. Check out some of the highlights from their experience, and add your own in the comments!

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Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: Lessons From the Field – Unique & Innovative Strategies for Increasing Engagement

Join VolunteerMatch for this upcoming webinar about unique & innovative strategies for increasing employee engagementYour employee volunteer program is up and running, but now what? How do you get your employees involved and out in the community volunteering? Or maybe your engagement levels have plateaued and you can’t seem to figure out how to inspire employees who haven’t been involved in the past. Don’t worry – we’ve got answers for you!

Lessons From the Field: Unique & Innovative Strategies for Increasing Engagement

We will be joined by expert employee volunteer program practitioners from Allina Health System, Apollo Education Group and NV Energy who will share with you the unique and innovative ways that they have increased engagement in their programs.

Join us for this special Best Practice Network webinar and walk away with tangible ideas to capture the attention of your employees and inspire them to get involved in your programs.

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VM_Solutions and #VMbpn.

Our Speakers:

Doretha Graham-Easler
NV Energy

Lauren Keeler
Apollo Education Group

Samantha Lucas
Allina Health

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Can Asking “What If?” Really Change the World?

Can asking "what if?" really change the world?This year’s Sustainable Brands conference kicks off today, and is urging us to do something we don’t often indulge in as CSR professionals: to dream big.

Sustainability, brand and innovation professionals from around the world are descending upon San Diego to be inspired, engaged and equipped to succeed by building better brands of tomorrow. Focused around the theme “Reimagine, Redesign, Regenerate,” the week is an opportunity to share our dreams for a better corporate world, and begin discussing how to make those dreams a reality.

What if your employees were so passionate about your company’s mission and values that they became your brand’s most enthusiastic ambassadors? Tweet this!

So what is our “What If?” At VolunteerMatch, we believe that the key to changing the world for the better is people. It’s the people at a company who will ultimately enable shifts in policy, practice and production. Advocates like you will get employees engaged in volunteering and giving programs that improve the communities around you. This belief drives our products and services, helping us provide the cutting-edge technology solutions that enable you to run incredible employee volunteer programs.

We ask:

What if your employees were so passionate about your company’s mission and values that they became your brand’s most enthusiastic ambassadors?

How would this change your company, both internally and externally? How would it enable you to have a greater impact on the world around you? What can we do today to make this “what if?” a reality tomorrow, next year, or five years from now? And what tools and processes do we need to put in place to make it a success?

Well, what do YOU think?

At Sustainable Brands this week? Find Abby and Julie at the VolunteerMatch booth in the Expo hall to talk about your “What ifs”. And whether you’re there or not, follow the conference discussion using #SB14sd.

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Upcoming Best Practice Network Webinar: Virtual Volunteering – An Untapped Resource for Employee Engagement

Virtual Volunteering – An Untapped Resource for Employee EngagementVirtual volunteering, e-volunteering, microvolunteering, digital volunteering – it goes by many names, but it all means the same: people volunteering remotely via a computer or handheld device, including a smart phone.

It’s a practice that’s been around for more than 30 years, and it presents terrific opportunities for employees to donate time and expertise as a part of an official company employee volunteering program. Yet, many companies aren’t utilizing this great opportunity to engage even more employees in their volunteering programs.

Why is it worth encouraging at your company, what policies do you need in place, how can you support employees as online volunteers, and how can you track and celebrate their accomplishments?

Virtual Volunteering: An Untapped Resource for Employee Engagement

Join VolunteerMatch in conversation with virtual volunteering expert, Jayne Cravens, and Kaye Morgan-Curtis of Newell Rubbermaid, to answer these questions and hear how companies are using this strategy to engage employees who might not have otherwise been able to participate in their programs.

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VM_Solutions and #VMbpn.

Our Speakers:

Jayne Cravens
Coyote Communications

Kaye Morgan-Curtis
Newell Rubbermaid

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Achieving True Connectivity at the Local Level

Guest post by Christina Brown, The Huntington National Bank

Community Connection Day in Columbus, Ohio, brought corporations and nonprofits together.The word “connectivity” seems easy enough to understand. But in the world of corporate engagement, we strive to do better at it each and every day. It’s not often enough that corporations and nonprofits get together in one place to share ideas about how to best work with each other. Recently in Columbus, Ohio, Volunteermatch was able bring leaders of these two communities together in the first ever “Community Connection Day,” and the results were outstanding.

The day started at the Columbus Foundation, with 75 nonprofit leaders from across the city of Columbus discussing their successes and challenges surrounding volunteer engagement. The conversation, facilitated by VolunteerMatch expert Jennifer Bennett, covered topics from event creation and volunteer recruitment to organization hurdles and best practice sharing.

The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation

In another room, 20 corporate engagement leaders from local companies gathered to discuss their own programs. This is where I spent my time, and I truly started to realize the impact that this day would have on me as a leader and even more deeply as a member of my community. During an inspiring conversation led by Realized Worth’s Chris Jarvis, the room was captivated with the conversation around social and transitional change and what our impact as leaders truly means to the community.

This meeting of the minds brought together a group of representatives from very different companies, yet allowed us to feel joined by our responsibility to provide opportunities for our colleagues to experience rare moments of meaning and unity. With Chris’s insight and the engaging conversation in the room, it was as if a thread started to weave our experiences and opportunities together. Suddenly we were there as change agents working together, not just representatives from the various companies in our community. A refreshing feeling of inspiration came over me that morning.

After the nonprofits and companies were done with their respective conversations, both groups came together for lunch and an opportunity to share what they had learned in the earlier sessions. Excitement and anticipation spread throughout the room, as familiar faces reconnected and new ones were welcomed with open arms.

Shortly after lunch was served, a panel gathered at the front of the room to hold an honest discussion on volunteerism and share how nonprofits and corporations are working together. As a member of the panel, I was thrilled to present in front a room of change agents and share how my nonprofit partner and company best work together. Sharing personal stories of what works versus the challenges that we all face from time to time was invigorating.

And again, that word “connectivity” showed itself on both sides. In a room full of people who live and breathe community, the conversation danced across each table and the togetherness that I felt truly cemented that thread between each of us in the room.

If not for VolunteerMatch’s Community Connection Day, this conversation and opportunity to bring our voices together would not have occurred in such an intimate fashion. No matter whom you represent – a company, nonprofit or your individual passions – the need for connectivity is real. When an organization takes the time to create a moment of togetherness and allow for creative conversation, that is when change is possible and the true connectivity begins.

Interested in bringing a Community Connection Day event to your area? Get in touch with Inga Langford!

Christina Brown is Vice President of Financial Education and Volunteerism for Huntington. She is responsible for the company’s external financial education, as well as the corporate-wide volunteer program.

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