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2019 Speaker: Tanise Love

Managing Your Volunteers

Concurrent Session – Option A
Thursday, June 13 — 1:30 p.m.





Tanise Love

Manager of Multicultural Affairs

Donate Life North Carolina


Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators


Tanise Love considers herself a serial smiler. She loves laughter, and all things people.

Philanthropy is a key part of her character, beginning with her days as a ferocious cookie selling Girl Scout. Tanise is a native of Indiana, and proud Indiana University alumni (go Hoosiers!). She loves going back to visit with family, but doesn’t miss the snow one bit. Tanise has finally let go of the newlywed title after four years, but still enjoys catching trains in new places and trying interesting dishes at random food spots. 

A health scare just four months after their wedding led Tanise to seek a career that could combine her love for non-profit, and healthcare. After landing a newly created role at Donate Life North Carolina, she knew she found her passion. 

At Donate Life, Tanise is responsible for community outreach efforts around organ, eye, and tissue donation in minority and faith-based communities across the state. Her work has led her to develop seven statewide partnerships with historically black colleges and universities and educate more than 6,000 faith-based congregations. She also works with numerous professional and community groups. During her time at Donate Life, they have reached more than 5 million North Carolinians registered donors. 

Her responsibilities also include managing a statewide volunteer program. She has more than 150 volunteers participating in a speakers bureau, events, social media and college campus programs. Many of the volunteers have a personnel connection to donation of organs. Tanises duties include volunteer recruitment, retention, database management, communication efforts and appreciation events.

In addition to her staff role, Tanise volunteers with the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation. Her work led her from being a member, to PR chair, to being appointed to the board as an advisor and liaison to the PR and Education/Training Committees. Her work at the association includes restructuring and formalizing operations, growing its national presence, and bringing more training resources to professionals in the field. 

Her transplant volunteer work also includes serving on the Donate Life America Social Media Roundtable, a group of national organizations working together to make sure the message of donation stays consistent and relevant. 

In January 2018, after seven years of membership, Tanise was appointed to the presidency role for the Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators, an educational resource group for nonprofit professionals and area volunteer managers. In this volunteer role, Tanise and her board led the group to grow its membership by 30% and recently formalized their 501c(3) status in July 2018. Tanise will serve as president through 2019 and looks forward to continuing to support nonprofit professionals. 

In her downtime Tanise enjoys tennis, reading, and spoiling her rescue pup, Malcolm. She also has a side stationery business, From Love & Co., creating custom invitations, banners, signs and party supplies in her home studio. 

As a nonprofit professional, volunteer, community leader, Tanise branches into various missions and program outreach locally, statewide, and nationally. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.