The Ellis Archive is Now Available

by Betsy McFarland
We are pleased to share news from the Susan J. Ellis Foundation. As of this month, the Ellis Archive website has been launched.

How Leaders Can Find Strength In Vulnerability

This post was originally published in Forbes Magazine on April 16, 2020 and worth sharing here.

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Response Seminar

Betsy McFarland offers tips and examples for engaging volunteers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Re-opening and Recovery Resources

Coronavirus Resource Directory

Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

Understand virtual volunteering and integrate online service into all volunteer involvement. 25% off. Use code: VV2020

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.

Online Bookstore

Volunteer engagement books for newcomers and veterans alike, in print and in e-book form.

Change the Way You Work with Volunteers

Energize's Online Volunteer Management Training (Everyone Ready) delivers quality training to you and your network.

The Learning Center provides a library of 40 seminars and guides, available 24/7 including:

  • Handling Challenging Behavior by Volunteers,
  • New Approaches to Recruitment,
  • Volunteer-related Issues in Risk Management,
  • Bridging the Gap Between Employees and Volunteers,
  • Demonstrating the Impact of Volunteer Involvement, plus
  • 35 other topics...

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In the April - July 2020 Issue

Writer Erin McLean explores how to apply "Powerful Questions" to our work with volunteers – from screening to training, coaching, and feedback. This article provides Leaders of Volunteers with the framework for how to take a revised approach to communication and questions with volunteers, whether the purpose of the conversation is exploratory, positive, or in response to a conflict or... read more | subscribe

RECENT ARTICLES | Access the Full Issue

Financial Disbursements to Volunteers: Reimbursements, Payments, and Non-Cash Benefits
Good and Bad: Musings on the Complexities and Nuances of Volunteering in Real Life
Optimizing Online Volunteer Resource Management in Times of Social Distancing
Powerful Questions: Work Smarter with the Answers You Get through the Questions You Ask
Social Prescribing: The Healing Power of Volunteering?