Supportive Environments for Effectiveness (SEE)

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VMC has embarked upon a new partnership with the reDirect Foundation to support organizations with volunteer engagement through an 8-week, grant-funded cohort learning opportunity. Taking place in June and July of 2023, this interactive training is an opportunity to dive into volunteer engagement best practices with a cohort of nonprofit organizations using a specific, research-based framework for creating “Supportive Environments for Effectiveness” for both staff and volunteers.

As volunteer engagement professionals we want to bring out the best in our organizations and the people that power them. Supportive Environments for Effectiveness, or “SEE,” is a research-based framework that can be leveraged as a powerful tool to support nonprofits’ ability to effectively engage their personnel. SEE offers a new way to think about volunteer engagement which considers how we support both our volunteers and our staff, making it easy to ensure that we’re considering the various needs of all involved. When we use this framework and give people what they need to succeed, we can see happier volunteers and more productive organizations with deeper and longer-lasting relationships between the two. Read more about how SEE can impact volunteer engagement in New Voices and Perspectives in Volunteer Engagement 2023 – “Creating Supportive Environments for Effectiveness.”

Want to learn more? Join VMC for a free, virtual, 1-hour “SEE 101” session and if you’re interested in diving deeper, stay for a 30-minute information session about the summer SEE Volunteer Engagement Learning Cohort grant opportunity. Participation in SEE 101 is a prerequisite for applying to participate in the summer learning cohort. We strongly encourage senior leadership to attend this session along with volunteer engagement staff, as SEE is a framework that can provide benefits to the entire organization, far beyond volunteer engagement. Attending SEE 101 will allow you to get an overview of the possibilities, and the grant opportunity information session that follows will provide information about applying to participate in the summer learning cohort to start reaping the benefits of the SEE framework within your organization.

  • Tuesday, March 28 – 11:00 am-12:30 pm Mountain time
  • Monday, April 3 – 11:00 am-12:30 pm Mountain time
  • Wednesday, April 19 – 10:00-11:30 am Mountain time – Register here

Customized Training

VMC provides customized trainings for organizations, professional associations, and conferences. Contact VMC to discuss a customized training.

Service Enterprise

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Traci Lato-Smith is also a Service Enterprise consultant for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) and a certified trainer and coach for Spark the Change Colorado, the Service Enterprise Hub in Colorado. Service Enterprise is a program of AL!VE and Points of Light. A Service Enterprise is an organization that strategically leverages volunteers to achieve operational efficiency and greater social impact. The Service Enterprise Program strengthens nonprofit capacity through the strategic use of volunteers and their skills to address community needs. Learn more at