Strategic Volunteer Engagement Summit


Engaging volunteers is a central part of United Way’s global business strategy and critical to achieving our mission. This two-day summit will explore how United Ways across the network are taking action to build relationships, generate revenue and drive impact in the areas of education, income and health through volunteerism.

Topics will be explored through presentations, panel discussions, facilitated conversations and networking opportunities.


  • Identify volunteer engagement strategies that build and strengthen relationships with individuals, companies and donors.
  • Explore best practice on generating revenue through volunteer engagement efforts that advance community impact and change lives.
  • Develop and enhance plans to advance priorities in early childhood success, youth success, social-income mobility and access to health through volunteer engagement.
  • Revitalize year-round relationships with companies by strengthening their employee volunteer programs.

Attendees will be asked to complete a short survey 2-3 weeks prior to attending the event.


The registration fee for the Summit is $495.00 per attendee. Registration is now available! Click here for United Way staff registration: note that you'll be routed through United Way Online.


For planning purposes, the general schedule is shown below.

Monday, November 6
10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Optional group dinner off-site

Tuesday, November 7
8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. OPTIONAL HILL DAY
Visit your local elected officials in Washington, D.C. RSVPs are needed no later than September 30 to participate.


This program is designed for staff leaders who have had at least three years of volunteer management experience and are committed to strengthening strategic volunteer engagement as a key business strategy. CEOs and Presidents and staff responsible for volunteer engagement, Community Impact, Resource Development and Marketing are encouraged to attend as well as volunteer leaders.


Mary M Gates Learning Center
United Way Worldwide
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314


United Way Worldwide has negotiated a special transient rate at the following hotel for $169.00 per night. Please request the United Way Worldwide rate inclusive of complimentary high-speed internet in guestrooms, complimentary buffet breakfast and shuttle service from Washington National Airport (DCA).

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria 801 N. Saint Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel: 703-836-4700

Rooms at this rate will be available until October 16, 2017. Click here to make your reservation.

Note: All participants are responsible for reserving their own sleeping rooms.


Information on getting to the Mary M. Gates Learning Center is posted here. Additional info on travelling to the DC metro area can be found here.

The weather in Alexandria, Virginia during the summit is expected to be pleasant, with average temperatures in the mid-50s F (approx. 10 C) seventies during the day and mid-40s (approx. 5 C) at night. All of the sessions and activities will take place indoors, we advise attendees to wear comfortable, business-casual attire.


Contribute to the Strategic Volunteer Engagement Summit discussion and receive up-to-date event materials by visiting us on United Way Online. (Link coming soon!)