Value of Volunteering

by Betsy McFarland
We must go beyond simply counting the number of volunteers we engage and the hours they contribute. It is critical to also demonstrate the impact of volunteers.

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 July - October 2020 Issue

Susan J. Ellis may be best remembered for her prolific writing and famous "Hot Topics," her personal musings on important issues in the volunteer engagement field. But for many people, their fondest memories and biggest 'aha' moments came from Ellis’ work as a trainer. This Training Designs shares... read more | subscribe

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