NYAVA is committed to advocating for the ongoing support, development and positive recognition of the profession of Volunteer Administration. The Board of Directors and our members are active participants in the movement to generate respect for our profession and for the skills and experience needed to successfully lead volunteers.

We believe strongly in the value and importance of volunteers and volunteerism to society. We therefore believe that leaders of volunteers should be well trained, knowledgeable managers. In order to successfully engage, utilize and protect volunteers as a resource, Volunteer Administrators must possess a broad diversity of skills and for this we should be acknowledged and appropriately compensated.


  • Responds to relevant articles in the news. Check out our response to the NY Times 2007 article "For Love and a Little Money"
  • Is a member of the International Supporters Group of International Volunteer Managers Day
  • Supports the development of the national professional organization AL!VE both financially and as founding board members
  • Develops a college course in volunteer administration at Baruch University
  • Partners with universities such as NYU, Baruch and the New School to promote professional training in Volunteer Administration
  • Encourages members to complete their Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA)
  • Petitions the NYC Mayor's Office for involvement in the inaugural 2009-2010 Civic Corps program
  • Implements a 2009 citywide salary survey to gather information on the compensation and employment packages of professionals in our field
  • Provides high-quality professional development programs

How to be an Advocate

  • Join a local or professional association such as NYAVA or AL!VE 
  • Compute the dollar value of your volunteers' time and sumbit the results to your Board of Directors regularly. For more information on the current estimated value of volunteer time, visit
  • Volunteer for NYAVA and support our work
  • Work for legislation that promotes volunteerism
  • Write articles and letters to the editor, and to local and national politicians
  • Work on your Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA)
  • Encourage others to join the profession through job fairs and career counseling
  • Encourage funders to demand proof of volunteer involvement in programs and provide them with this information whether or not they ask for it
  • Network - not just with other volunteer administrators, but also with journalists, fundraisers, executive directors and foundation executives
  • Take the time to educate your colleagues about the skills and activities you job requires