Professional Development Workshops

The Professional Development Committee coordinates professional development workshops throughout the year. Our topics are based on trends in the industry, and more importantly, input taken from participant evaluations: we do listen to you! Members may use up to two membership vouchers per year to bring a non-member colleague free of charge to qualifying workshops, e-mail [email protected] for more information.


"Volunteers & Donors: Making the Connection"

September 21 @ 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Members & Partner Org Members: $25
Non-Members: $50


Volunteers and Donors: Making the Connection
Organizations frequently treat those who donate their time and talents differently than those who donate their money. Ideally those working in Development and Volunteer Engagement should be working collaboratively but more often they operate in siloes. This session explores why collaboration between Development and Volunteer Engagement is essential to the success of your organization. The reality is that all supporters – whether they contribute time or money – are integral to your mission and can help extend your impact in the community. Working together can assure that both time donors and financial ones are fully engaged as advocates for your organization’s mission. In this workshop, participants will identify the key supporters in their organization, brainstorm ways to create greater connection between these groups, and spend time developing an action plan to get started.

About the Presenter
Sheri Wilensky Burke, President, Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC has 35 years of experience working with national and community-based nonprofit organizations. As a consultant and trainer, she offers a common-sense approach to volunteer engagement, breaking down complex issues into simpler, manageable parts to empower organizations to develop volunteer-based projects and volunteer leaders.

Before developing her own business, Sheri was Director of Volunteer Management & Board Development for the American Lung Association National Headquarters, establishing strategic direction and providing consultation and training to ensure effective volunteer engagement and strengthen local board development nationwide. She also worked for Volunteers of America’s Greater New York Branch and National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City Chapter.

In addition to her consulting work, Sheri is currently working part-time as the Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC) Program Manager at RSVP. VEC volunteers provide managerial consulting and educational services to existing and potential nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area at no charge.

Sheri served as President of the New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NYAVA), and was a founding board member of the organization, and served on the board of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).

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