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
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:
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:
http://www.energizeinc.com/prof/volctr/leb.html. Many of
Susan's books are in the AVS Library.