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Welcome, Adapt or Avoid? Responding to Trends in Volunteerism

It’s not your grandmother’s volunteering! Today’s volunteer world is evolving as rapidly as everything else – are you keeping pace? What do entrepreneurial volunteering, micro-volunteering, IYV+10, skill-anthropy, online recruitment, "A Billion + Change," recent statistics about Generation X, and much more mean to you? This webinar will offer an overview of key trends percolating around us and the issues they raise for volunteer engagement. You can run but you can't hide from the effects of change, so be prepared to deal with new ideas and new volunteer management approaches.

Course Format

This course is the recording of a live webinar and contains the slides and full audio from the original presentation (including Q & A sessions). Only a reasonably current version of FlashPlayer is needed to run this recording (most computers already have this installed).

About the Presenter(s)

Susan Ellis
Energize Inc.

Susan Ellis is President of Energize, Inc., an international training, consulting, and publishing firm that specializes in volunteerism. She founded the Philadelphia-based company in 1977 and since that time has assisted clients throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Israel and Australasia to create or strengthen their volunteer corps.

Susan is the author or co-author of twelve books, including From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement (a new 3rd edition was released in March 2010), The Volunteer Recruitment Book, and By the People: A History of Americans as Volunteers. She has written more than 120 articles on volunteer management for dozens of publications and writes the national bi-monthly column, “On Volunteers,” for The NonProfit Times (since 1990).

Energize’s innovative Web site has won international recognition as a premier resource for volunteer program leaders: In 2000, she and Steve McCurley launched the field's first online journal, e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community (, for which she continues to serve as editor. Energize also offers Everyone Ready®, online volunteer management training for organizations and individuals (, for which Susan serves as the dean of faculty.

Susan is an active volunteer in a variety of volunteerism associations and community groups.

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