International Volunteer Managers Day


International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD) 

Why We Celebrate

Volunteer Canada recognizes the importance of celebrating volunteers. But what about the people who manage volunteer programs?

Managers of volunteers work hard to make sure volunteer programs run smoothly. They care about keeping volunteers fulfilled and engaged. Volunteers who feel fulfilled in their roles are more likely to stick to their volunteer commitments.

That's something worth celebrating, too.

IVMD 2020

Volunteer Canada Salutes Leaders of Volunteer Engagement

This year’s theme is simply “What’s Next?”. The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges on many levels, and those of us leading volunteer effort have found ourselves in positions we never imagined. It’s our hope that over the lead up to IVMDay 2020, we will continue to have time to reflect on the lessons, challenges and most importantly opportunities that confront us – and we hope that IVMDay 2020 will offer a focal point for volunteering leaders, the world over, to collaborate and consolidate the way forward.

The History of International Volunteer Managers Day

  • International Volunteer Managers Day (IMVD) takes place on November 5.
  • Nan Hawthorn, a volunteer management professional based in the United States, founded the event in 1999.
  • IMVD used to take place as part of International Volunteer Day, which occurs on the same date, but in 2006 it became a standalone event.
  • Today, the event is celebrated in 18 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit the IVMD website.