Connecting Leaders to Learning: Trends and Best Practices in Volunteer Management
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Connecting Leaders to Learning: Trends and Best Practices in Volunteer Management

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Connecting Leaders to Learning webinar series provides key community stakeholders with updates on national programs and critical information that can assist municipalities, public housing authorities, nonprofits and other community stakeholders to address issues such as deteriorating neighborhoods, nonprofit keys to surviving and thriving, etc.

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Online Webinar
United States
Presenter: Alison Doerfler (Points of Light) and Vanessa Diamond (Community Foundation)
Contact: Melissa Albergotti

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation webinar series supports our company’s purpose to improve the financial lives of the clients, customers and communities we serve – by connecting nonprofit leaders to trends, tips and resources that will create better futures.

Since 2009, our webinar series has become a highly respected forum assisting 27,000 nonprofit leaders. In 2018, we will build on this success and leverage technology to expand the delivery of thought leadership discussion across our corporate social responsibility pillars to create deeper connections across our communities and our company. Over the next year, the webinar series will engage participants through discussion facilitated by key internal and external partners.

Registration: The presentation will be delivered by means of an online webinar and conference call. When you have registered, you will receive an email with the link to the webinar as well as the bridgeline information. NOTE: If you are a first-time participant, you should make sure that your network is compatible with WebEx. 

Here is the link to register: If you have previously registered for a Bank of America Connecting Leaders to Learning webinar, you can click on the link, login, and click the register for the webinar.

Registration will be accepted through Wednesday, July 18.    


About the Speakers

 Alison Doerfler rejoins Points of Light after spending the past three years as vice President, client services at Davis Brand Capital. As a strategic brand management firm working with some of the largest consumer brands, Doerfler lead the firm’s work with nonprofit and cause-related clients. As the head of client services, Doerfler managed Davis Brand Capital’s social strategy and client services work, informing the firm’s integrated approach to social content, brand strategy and the influence of social business models.

Leveraging her background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Doerfler helped Davis Brand Capital build and run the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying. In her complementary role as executive director of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation and executive vice president of Ben Cohen Worldwide, Doerfler built a collaborative organization funded by a social business model, managing merchandise and media partnerships to raise funds and awareness for the brand. 

Prior to joining Davis Brand Capital and starting the StandUp Foundation, Doerfler spent eight years as a part of the City Cares/HandsOn Network/Points of Light family and last served as vice president of strategic initiatives, working extensively with corporate partners, HandsOn Network affiliates and technology initiatives.

After a short time in marketing and events management for a restaurant company in Chicago, Doerfler received a graduate degree in social services and social policy and then started her career in the nonprofit sector, working for organizations like Chicago Cares, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Notebaert Nature Museum.

Doerfler grew up in New York City and Atlanta before moving to Chicago for college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Northwestern University and master’s degree in social work and social policy from the University of Chicago. She moved back to Atlanta in 2009 and lives in Inman Park with her two children (Harrison, 8, and Jordan, 6), who are already learning the importance of volunteerism and community involvement. Doerfler serves on the board of the Atlanta Children’s Museum and is an avid runner and a temporarily retired triathlete.


 Vanessa Diamond serves in a dual role as Director of HandsOn Greater Richmond leading the strategy and operations of Central Virginia’s volunteer action center and civic engagement initiatives. She also serves as Vice President of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence where her focus is on facilitating regional partnerships and helping to support internal operations across programs.

Vanessa’s lifelong passion has been focused on helping youth and adults engage by finding individual solutions to critical community issues. Previously she directed Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Service-Learning Program where she developed partnerships between faculty and community organizations to help ensure that VCU courses include community service components.

Before moving to the Richmond region, Vanessa was the Assistant Director of Northwest Service Academy’s Portland, OR office where she was responsible for operations, training, and leadership of over 200 AmeriCorps service members. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and her Master of Public Administration degree from VCU.



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