Susan J. Ellis


Biographical Summary


Susan J. Ellis is President of Energize, Inc., a 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 (48 states and 5 provinces), Europe (8 countries), Asia (3 countries), Latin America and Australia to create or strengthen their volunteer corps.

Susan is the author or co-author of eleven books, including From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Volunteer Program Success and The Volunteer Recruitment Book. All her books can be found in the online bookstore of Energize, Inc. From 1981 to 1987 she was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Volunteer Administration. She has written more than 90 articles on volunteer management for dozens of publications and writes the national bi-monthly column, "On Volunteers," for The NonProfit Times.

Susan's interest in new technology has taken Energize into cyberspace, where its innovative Web site has won international recognition as a premier resource for volunteer program leaders: She co-authored The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, which is available in electronic form on the Energize Web site. 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 serves as editor.

She was the recipient of the Association for Volunteer Administration's 1989 Harriet Naylor Distinguished Member Service Award. Susan is an active volunteer in a variety of volunteerism associations and is treasurer of the board of the New Society Educational Foundation.

Dr. Patricia Nabti, the Director of the Association for Volunteer Services, has met and shared experiences in volunteer management with Susan Ellis a number of times at international conferences on volunteering.  It is through that relationship that Susan granted AVS permission to put some of her writings on the AVS website.  Susan was also one of the editors and reviewers of our book Learning to CARE: Education, Volunteering, and Community Service. AVS is also listed on the Energize, Inc. website: of Susan's books are in the AVS Library

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