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When helping volunteer-involving organizations, consultant Betsy McFarland is frequently asked how to handle growing antagonism between volunteers and paid staff, often becoming an “us-versus-them” weed that invades the soil of the organization. In this Hot Topic, Betsy suggests ideas for cultivating collaborative relationships.

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Achieve More When Everyone is Ready for Volunteers

The Everyone Ready® Online Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program delivers quality training to all the people in your network who work with volunteers daily.A new topic is featured every two months, offering a range of relevant videos, guides, and journal articles, with a chance to “Ask a Question” for dialogue with the faculty. Learners can also access all program resources on their own, at any time.

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The Skill-Building Center provides a library of 39 seminars and guides, available 24/7 including: Handling Challenging Behavior by Volunteers, New Approaches to Recruitment, and Volunteer-related Issues in Risk Management. More topics...

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Since 1977, Energize, Inc. has developed unequaled relationships with the most respected trainers in the volunteerism field around the world. Over 20 of these experts created the resources your learners will use. Learn about the faculty...

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In the April - July 2018 Issue

What can an organization learn by examining why some people choose not to volunteer? In this issue’s Research to Practice, Laurie Mook reviews an article by researchers from Australia and the Netherlands that focuses our attention on these non-volunteers.

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