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Monthly Hot Topicsfrom Susan J. Ellis

Do you think that volunteers (of any kind) would be interested in an online forum community, based on their  shared identity as volunteers? Dan Berman, founder of VolunteerTalk.org, and Susan debate this question and invite you to weigh in – and to visit his beta site.

Resources for Involving Volunteers Successfully

A-Z Volunteer Management

Extensive, searchable library of materials on over 100 topics. Includes articles, book excerpts, free guides and reports, websites, blogs, and more... plus tips from colleagues. Continually updated.

Directory for the Profession

Find events, classes, associations, periodicals, vendors, special days, awards, places to post volunteer opportunities... plus quotes and humor for your presentations.


Learn how Energize can engage your volunteers strategically.


Find - or post - a job or internship in volunteer management... at no charge.

Online Bookstore

Over 75 new and classic titles, for newcomers and veterans alike, in print and in e-book form.
Everyone Ready

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 monthly with a live discussion board for dialogue with the trainer, but learners can also access all program resources on their own, at any time.

Essential Topics

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...

Expert Trainers

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...

Individual Memberships | Organization Memberships


In the Jan-Apr 2015 Issue

In this issue, Elizabeth M. Lucas and Darlene Friedman, revisit “Perspectives on Membership Development,” a story from 10 years ago about Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer women’s organization. In 2005, the story revealed, Soroptimist International had recently faced a downward spiral in membership numbers and the closing of local clubs. Unlike other similar... read more | subscribe

RECENT ARTICLES | Access the Full Issue

An Online Network Empowering Offline Action: Soroptimist’s New Volunteer Model
Elf Management
In Giving, How Much Do We Receive? The Social Value of Volunteering
Making the Case: Strategic Reporting on Volunteer Engagement
“Is There a Template I Can Use?” and Other Questions Asked Too Often

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