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The Essentials

A Starter Set of Books for Volunteer Managers.

Book coverBest of All

A compendium of the best techniques for leading volunteer engagement, proven to work in a myriad of settings.

Book coverBetter Safe

Demystifies risk management and sets out in plain language what every volunteer program needs to know about this sometimes scary, always critical subject.

Building Staff / Volunteer RelationsBuilding Staff/Volunteer Relations

Insight into (and humor about) the reasons for tension between employees and volunteers and practical strategies for designing satisfying work for both groups.

Book coverBy Definition

A walk-through of the importance of developing policies for and about volunteers, with clear examples and templates.

Book cover for From the Top DownFrom the Top Down

Outlines the key executive decisions necessary to lay the foundation for successful volunteer involvement: policies, budgeting, staffing, employee-volunteer relationships, legal issues, cost and value of volunteers, and more.

Book coverLeading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement

Workbook of checklists, worksheets, idea stimulators, and other practical tools for senior-level leaders to incorporate volunteer involvement as a key ingredient in the overall strategy of an organization.

book cover imageThe (Help!) I-Don't-Have-Enough-Time Guide to Volunteer Management

Is managing volunteers only part of your job? Or just not enough hours in a day? Learn to build a management team and and feel some relief from carrying the whole weight of leading volunteer involvement alone.

Volunteer Recruitment BookThe Volunteer Recruitment (and Membership Development) Book

Complete guide to recruitment, from designing volunteer roles to assessing your organization’s image to where and how to look for new volunteers. Long chapter on membership development for all-volunteer organizations.

Volunteer Management for Animal Care OrganizationsVolunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations (free PDF)

Geared specifically to the challenges posed by an animal shelter environment but can help any animal care organization build its volunteer program.

Volunteer Management in Cultural InstitutionsVolunteer Management in Cultural Institutions

Experience-based and thoughtful roadmap to creating and managing volunteers in arts settings, combining western best practice with the perspective of eastern Europe.

Volunteer Management 3rd EditionVolunteer Management: Mobilizing All the Resources of the Community

The most widely utilized text in the world on the theory and practice of managing a volunteer program, revised for the third time.

Volunteer Program Management: Essential GuideVolunteer Program Management

Truly an essential guide, the book is filled with solid information for both starting and strengthening a volunteer program in any setting.