Ensuring a Legacy in Volunteer Engagement: Report to Thought-Leaders

This report summarizes the learnings from our interviews with 17 national thought-leaders around strategic volunteer engagement in 2020.


The Funder’s Guide to Investing in Volunteer Engagement

This FREE ground-breaking resource gives funders and nonprofit organizations common data and common language to jointly create innovative strategies to better utilize critical volunteer resources for the good of our communities. Nonprofits and funders alike have found The Funder’s Guide very helpful in gaining funder support. We encourage you to use this as the foundation for conversation with your grantees. 

To receive print copies free of charge, please contact Jill Haubert at with your mailing address and number of copies you would like. View and download a free PDF of the guide. 

cover Partnering with Funders to Unleash the Power of Volunteers 

Funders rarely recognize the potential of volunteer engagement in mission fulfillment and, therefore, rarely fund volunteer engagement infrastructure. Furthermore, organizations aren’t always skilled at making the case for how infrastructure support leads to mission impact. Doing so starts with considering the following questions:

  • As an organization engaging volunteers, how can you inspire funders to financially support you in building the needed capacity?
  • How can we shift the paradigm to ensure volunteer engagement is viewed by funders as a cost effective strategy critical to empowering organizations to achieve their missions? 

Download our guide to learn how you can educate and motivate both the leadership in your organization and funders in your community to support capacity building through volunteer engagement! View and download a free PDF of the guide.


Energize Inc – Energize, Inc is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism.   Funders and nonprofit organizations alike will find this website of great value.  It is the largest website in the world focused exclusively on information for leaders in volunteer engagement in any setting.

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Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers: The 55-Minute Staff Training Series

Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers: The 55-Minute Staff Training Series

12 ready-to-deliver, but completely adaptable, training sessions for teaching staff the fundamentals of working with volunteers in your setting.

Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement

Leading 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.

The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement, 3rd Edition

The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement, 3rd Edition

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. 

The 2009 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey: Building Leadership Skills Through VolunteerismThe 2009 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey was commissioned to better identify and understand the barriers that are preventing corporations from contributing and nonprofits from seeking more skilled volunteer and pro bono support.

The 2016 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy (PDF) – The 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households for the year 2015. This study is the sixth in a series of biennial studies, researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in partnership with U.S. Trust. 

The Role of Volunteering in Philanthropy, 2014 Study by Fidelity Charitable (PDF) – This survey explored the current volunteering activity of Fidelity Charitable® donors across charitable sectors. The survey investigated the relationship between volunteerism and charitable financial support, the influence of age and life stage on volunteer activity, factors donors use to evaluate volunteer commitments, and intent to increase or decrease volunteer activity in the future.

Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund Volunteerism and Charitable Giving in 2009 Executive Summary (PDF) – To explore volunteer behavior in the United States, the Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund fielded a telephone survey of 15 minutes in length conducted by Harris Interactive of Princeton, N.J. from October 21 – 25, 2009.