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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.

Book coverBeyond Police Checks

Definitive guide for screening volunteers and employees, explaining why and how to assure everyone's protection.

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 imageBy the People

Revised in 2005, this book remains the only presentation of the full scope and depth of volunteer activity throughout three centuries of American history.

Children as VolunteersChildren as Volunteers

The only book focusing on engaging volunteers under the age of fourteen in agency or community organizations.

Exploring Volunteer Space coverExploring Volunteer Space

A philosophic-yet-practical exploration of the universe of volunteering, attempting to describe, define, and explain how and where volunteering occurs.

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.

From the Top Down UK edition book coverFrom the Top Down, UK Edition

UK Edition of the best-selling book that identifies the critical link between the actions of an organisation’s senior management and the overall success of volunteer engagement.

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.

book cover imageThe LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

Understand the concept and practices of virtual volunteering and integrate online service successfully into your overall volunteer involvement strategy.

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.

Making Dreams Come TrueMaking Dreams Come True without Money, Might or Miracles

Inspiration for leaders of volunteers who act at "dream-catchers" every day.  Examine how to keep dreams alive, form dream-nurturing environments, and support volunteers' dreams to reality.

book cover Measuring the Impact of VolunteersMeasuring the Impact of Volunteers

Presents the innovative Volunteer Resources Balanced Scorecard measurement and planning tool for aligning volunteer effort with organizational goals and effectively assessing the impact of that effort. 

Proof PositiveProof Positive

The basics of a volunteer recordkeeping system: the why and how of application forms, volunteer data files, assignment records, time and activity reports, proving impact.

special setSpecial Set: Executive Role in Volunteer Involvement

TWO great books for ONE special price. Put From the Top Down principles to work with Leading the Way worksheets and tools. 

Strategic Volunteer EngagementStrategic Volunteer Engagement

Based on a research study of executive directors, this report makes a strong case for investing in volunteer effectiveness and introduces a new a Volunteer Involvement FrameworkTM with which to plan future volunteer engagement.

Visionary Leadership in Volunteer ProgramsVisionary Leadership in Volunteer Programs

A collection of favorite and most-requested presentations from Marlene Wilson, volunteer management pioneer and leader in the field.

Volunteer Engagement 2.0 book coverVolunteer Engagement 2.0

35 experts in volunteerism explore innovative volunteer engagement approaches that are reshaping nonprofits and their communities, and share how you can put these insights into action in your own organization. 

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.

Supervising VolunteersWhat We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers

Advice, wisdom, and experience from over 85 real-life, on-the-job supervisors of volunteers: crystal clear analysis of what works and what doesn't in supervision.

Book Cover When Everyone's a Volunteer

Challenges conventional wisdom about boards, fundraising, and membership development when applied to grassroots volunteer efforts. Includes great group interaction exercises.