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Hi, I’m Elisa

Headshot - circleI’m a coach and consultant, and my clients work with one of the most powerful resources in any nonprofit: volunteers with the skills and the talent to transform our communities for the better.

Managing a volunteer program is more than just a job – it’s a rewarding, purpose-driven profession IF you are trained in best practices and supported to keep growing.

That’s where I come in.

  • I provide volunteer engagement professionals with the training and coaching they need to do their jobs effectively and advance professionally.
  • And I work directly with nonprofits to help them build robust volunteer programs that expand capacity and increase revenue.

It takes a least twenty hats to create the kind of program that draws us to this profession ─ hats like marketer, recruiter, interviewer, supervisor, manager.  The most important hat of all is leader, and I will help you wear that hat with confidence.


Besting this one phrase in your volunteer opportunity writeups

Can’t we do better than this one phrase?  Challenge yourself to a list of more compelling alternatives.

find-a-better-phrase-twenty-hats-jpegI have a pet peeve. Whenever I teach a persuasive writing class and ask students to write about the impact of their volunteer program, they all use the same expression.

“We make a difference”

Well yes, sure – we DO make a difference. That’s the bottom line for all volunteer work – and all nonprofits. That’s why we exist. To effect change, improve lives, and make a difference.

The problem is that there are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone. And if we are all making a difference, how do we stand out from all the rest?

Not only that, science has shown that our brains ignore over-used phrases. That puts making a difference right at the top of the useless list. It’s a waste of time just to type the word. Read more…