Friday, June 3, 2011
A bit rich for Volunteer Managers
The next National conference on volunteering organised by Volunteering Australia - VA - takes place this year. Yep – we had one last year too but because it's IYV plus 10 it’s deemed a significant year to hold another. I am sure some research goes in to these years but I can tell you as a Volunteer Manager on the ground that IYVplus 10 isnt meaning much to some.
If you want to have a display at the next VA conference it will set you back a few bucks. According to my sources space is a privilege of sponsorship and not available on its own. Sponsorship packages range from $15,000 to $50,000.
Is this therefore a barrier to:
•Small businesses who are engaged in volunteerism or volunteer management consultancy
•Representative Organisations such as the Australasian Association for Volunteer Administrations
•State centre’s for volunteering
•Any community organisations with an interest to promoting itself.
Sure I understand and applaud the attempt at engaging big business to sponsor such things. And sure I get the work towards involving government and extracting a dollar from them as well but
Is this pricing a significant sector out of our National Conference in Australia? Doesn't this lose sight of the seemingly "smaller" players who actually have a large impact on the narrative in volunteerism and volunteer management.
At the next conference our sector should be able to see a diverse range of people and organisations who have an interest in volunteerism.
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