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New edition of From the Top Down now available!
From the Top Down
 From the Top Down
3rd Edition

Susan J. Ellis

March 2010, 291 pages, 6 x 9

paperback $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-940576-59-9

e-book $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-940576-60-5


Kindle edition

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Engaging Volunteers Successfully
Still Starts with Top Execs

From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement has been fully revised and updated in its 3rd edition! This bestseller from Susan J. Ellis is still the only book to address the role of the senior decision maker in developing vision and strategy for high-quality volunteer engagement. (Give it to your boss - but read it yourself, too!)
  • Build your organization's capacity with meaningful volunteer participation
  • Create a culture where volunteers are thought of as partners at all levels of the organization
  • Advocate for full managerial and financial support of volunteers

Order the 2010 edition NOW!
FeatureBookAbout the Book
From the Top Down
The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement, 3rd edition
By Susan J. Ellis

This book helps CEOs and senior-level leaders:
  • Develop a strategic vision for volunteer involvement
  • Create policies and set expectations
  • Budget and find funds to support volunteers
  • Hire the most qualified person to lead volunteer engagement
  • Assure employee-volunteer teamwork while minimizing tension
  • Assess the impact of volunteer contributions
  • Deal with legal, risk management, and insurance issues

What's New or Expanded in the 2010 Edition?

  • Managing volunteer involvement during an economic downturn
  • Drawing closer connections between money donors and "time donors"
  • Dealing with resistance from middle managers
  • The evolving vocabulary of volunteerism
  • The difference between wage equivalency and the true value of volunteers to an organization
  • Suggested ways volunteers can work directly with the executive

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paperback $24.95 USD
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A Companion Toolkit for Busy Execs

Executive Toolkit
Put From the Top Down principles to work with Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives. Written by Betty B. Stallings with Susan J. Ellis, this is a companion toolkit of examples, worksheets, checklists, and more to guide decision makers in implementing what they learn in From the Top Down.  Due out in June 2010. Learn more about Leading the Way.