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December 2009
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A Classic Gets an Update

Practical Help for Busy Execs

Book Excerpt: The Case for Instituting a Management Team for Volunteers
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Energize has some great new resources in the works for 2010! Here's a "sneak peek" of what to expect...and as a Book Buzz subscriber, you'll hear about these new releases first and get great discount offers.
resourceA Classic Gets an Update
From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement, 3rd Edition

The fully revised and updated version of Susan Ellis' classic -- the first and only book that addresses the top decision-maker's role in a volunteer program -- will be available early next year. Lots of new material on the importance of volunteer program infrastructure, risk management, outcomes evaluation, and more! See an excerpt about the correlation between "time donors" and "money donors" on the Book Blog.
resource2Practical Help for Busy Execs
Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives

This new toolkit from Betty Stallings is scheduled for release in June 2010. A great accompaniment to the upcoming third edition of From the Top Down, this compilation of practical checklists, idea stimulators, action steps, and worksheets will help your executive think about (and take action on!) volunteer involvement in your agency. Read on for an excerpt!

And More...

There are several other publications on their way for late in the year, including a revision of The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook and an innovative assessment tool using the "balanced scorecard" concept as adapted by a team of Canadian colleagues.  Lots to look forward to.
Resources Book Excerpt
The Case for Initiating a Management Team for Volunteer Involvement

Pre-publication excerpt from the manuscript of Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives by Betty Stallings with Susan J. Ellis, 2010, Energize, Inc. 

A Management Team for Volunteer Involvement is an ad hoc or ongoing gathering of executive(s), key staff, board members and other leadership volunteers who have an interest in the success of volunteer engagement and the skills and power to support recommendations coming from the group.

Why A Management Team for Volunteer Involvement Is Needed
  • Directors of volunteer involvement generally have no authority over any staff who must be influenced to work effectively with volunteers.  Likewise, they have no control/authority over upper management who establish agency vision and priorities. Therefore, there is a need for those with authority and power to be strong advocates and supporters of volunteer engagement.  This can be best addressed by a management team that focuses on issues of volunteer engagement and their implications for accomplishing the mission of the organization.
  • Without a synergistic exchange among the management team (including directors of volunteer involvement or those who provide shared leadership for the volunteer program), the organization will never achieve an optimal volunteer program....
  • Most volunteer programs (without a voice on the management team) are poorly understood, appreciated or integrated into overall organization planning, thus considerably limiting the potential impact volunteers could have....
  • Relationships made during the management team meetings will carry over to working partnerships between the volunteer manager and other staff, executives and board.  This will break down the isolation that often characterizes this position.
  • Since upper management is most informed about the organization's priorities and strategic plans, they are in the best position to incorporate goals for volunteer involvement that support the overall mission.

Permission is granted for organizations to reprint this excerpt. Reprints must provide full acknowledgment of the source, as cited here:
Pre-publication excerpt from the manuscript of Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives by Betty Stallings with Susan J. Ellis, 2010, Energize, Inc. 
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