National VOAD

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Since the founding of National VOAD in 1970, many lessons have been learned, skills developed and best practices shared. This resulted in the establishment of a commitment to shared values, the 4Cs ? communication, coordination, collaboration, and cooperation ? as guiding principles for how we operate and resolve conflict, as well as various Points of Consensus and other protocols for guiding the work of individual member organizations and the collective efforts of the collaborative.

Today, National VOAD is a coalition of 70+ of the nation’s most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other non-profit organizations) and 56 State/Territory VOADs.

Recognizing that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient, self-reliant communities nationwide, National VOAD facilitates partnerships with federal, state and local emergency management and other governmental agencies, as well as for-profit corporations, foundations, and educational and research institutions.

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The National VOAD Conference

The National VOAD Conference will take place May 8-11, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. All conference programming will take place at the Hyatt Regency. Room Rate is $199 per night. Click Here to Book Your Hotel Room.  Online registration is also open for the 2023 Conference. The registration process only takes a few minutes to complete, with multiple participants able to register at once. Click Here to Register. Learn more about Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities!

The nomination period for the National VOAD Board of Directors is NOW OPEN! 

There are three open positions for National Member organizations, and one open position for a State/Territory VOAD representative. Please click the link below for more information, to view the board job description, and to nominate someone else or yourself. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BOARD JOB DESCRIPTION.  Questions may be directed to National VOAD Board Member and Chair of the Nominations Committee, Jim Kirk at [email protected]. All submissions must be received by Friday, April 3rd, 2023. 


    On February 6th, 2023, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria. With the number of deaths currently estimated in the tens of thousands, and with thousands more injured, this is the deadliest earthquake in Turkey since 1999. In addition, the civil war still unfolding in Syria has created many issues in response as aid groups begin to serve survivors.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Turkish and Syrian communities at home and abroad, responding member agencies, and the individuals directly impacted by this event. National VOAD members with international programming are currently on the ground or mobilizing to respond.
    If your organization is responding to this event, please send a brief update to [email protected]. This information will be used to update our community, partners, and donors of the work of the National VOAD movement and help meet any unmet needs locally, on the ground and guide organizations looking to respond. Click here for more information regarding needs and how to help as compiled by National VOAD Partner, CDP.
    Thank you for all that you do.