April 8 Speaker: Karmit Bulman, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Nate Bostrom introduced Karmit Bulman, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA). She has extensive experience running non-profit organizations and has a strong background of leadership in international, national and statewide coalition-building. In the past Karmit has served as an attorney and as executive director for nonprofits. Karmit oversees strategic planning, board development, financial management, fundraising, program development and day to day programming at MAVA.

MAVA connects, educates, strengthens and advocates for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities.  Its vision is to be the premier statewide organization uniting, educating and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism.

Karmit immediately involved in her presentation by asking us for examples of our good and bad experiences as volunteers. That led her to offer best practices for attracting, managing, and motivating volunteers to achieve good results. These include discovering each individual’s skills and interests.  Whenever it is possible, positions for volunteers should be designed to take advantage of the diverse skills, time available and desires for individual or group activities. Ms. Bulman reviewed identifying and managing risks, especially during these times where COVID affects all organizations.  Karmit stressed the benefits of communication, feedback, clear expectations, sufficient training and recognition for volunteers’ performance and effort. In closing, she referred us to “Hands On Twin Cities” – a group that connects nonprofits, volunteers and companies.

For more information:

MAVA: https://mavanetwork.org  phone 612-568-3580, email: kbulman@mavanetwork.org

Hands On Twin Cities: https://www.handsontwincities.org, phone 612-379-4900.