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Energize: especially for leaders and volunteers

Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Founded by Susan J. Ellis in 1977, Energize has assisted organizations of all types to start, expand, or strengthen volunteer involvement — whether in nonprofit health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, schools, government agencies, businesses — anywhere volunteers are found.  We have worked with clients across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.  We can work with small and large groups, whether brand new to volunteer management or those seeking to refresh their skills. 

If any of these words and phrases are in your vocabulary, we can help!

  • Volunteering
  • Community service
  • Members and membership development    
  • Community organizing
  • Service-learning or unpaid internships
  • Lay ministry                                                                       
  • Pro bono work
  • Friends group or auxiliary
  • Political activism
  • Service or civic club
  • Virtual or micro-volunteering
  • Self-help organization
  • Nonprofit boards of directors

Not sure if your work is about volunteers? Check out Dimensions of Volunteering and Service and Definitions of "Volunteer." 

Our Mission Statement

Energize empowers and inspires leaders of volunteers worldwide. Our specialty is creating and selecting the most relevant, innovative resources in volunteer management. We’re advocates for the power of volunteers and for the recognition of the leaders who unleash it.

Our Web Site

Professional Development for Leaders of Volunteers  

Energize has been on the Web since 1997. There are many sites that provide information for people who are seeking volunteer opportunities, but ourWeb site is especially for leaders of volunteers, offering over 1200 pages of information about successfully involving volunteers in your efforts. This is where you can learn all about volunteer engagement techniques (browse or study in depth); find ways to connect with colleagues across the street or around the world; gain insight into trends, issues, and even controversy in the field; locate conferences and other professional development opportunities; and more!

A-Z Volunteer Management Library  Research all your questions on day-to-day engagement of volunteers.

Directory for the Profession Find conferences and events; networks of colleagues; Web sites to post volunteer opportunities; vendors offering volunteer tracking software, recognition gifts, and more; special days celebrating volunteers; and wonderful quotations and other words about volunteering to use in your presentations!  

Online Bookstore Build your personal library of books on volunteer management (many in less-expensive electronic format). 

Hot Topics    Join the discussion of a monthly trending issue (often provocative) pertinent to the volunteer field, led by Energize president, Susan J.Ellis.     

Job Bank Find a volunteer management job or internship — or post a vacancy for others to find.

Volunteer Management Update and Book Buzz Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletters. 

Other Resources We Offer

e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community(link is external) Read articles written by the best thinkers in volunteer management the world over.

Everyone Ready® Online Volunteer Management Training Program(link is external) Commit to 1-2 hours per month to get training from the best experts in the field.

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