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January 2020

With the start of the new year, Betsy McFarland takes a few minutes to discuss how Energize is changing and what will remain the same.  Betsy also introduces the Susan J. Ellis Foundation.  || Transcript of video

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In the January -April 2020 Issue

Do you ever feel like you’re treading water in this vast volunteer management ocean? Struggling against perceptions of what you do that simply don’t match the reality? As Meridian Swift writes, “I know I did. It took getting out and drying off to uncover what was missing in my volunteer management career.” In this e-Volunteerism feature, well-known volunteer expert Swift reviews how... read more | subscribe

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