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"Elisa Kosarin has been invaluable in helping us create a volunteer program for Planet Word. We are a non-traditional museum that doesn't yet exist, but Elisa asked all the right questions and engaged all the right people to make sure the plan she created for us was relevant, practical, and achievable. She has been incredibly generous with her expertise and gone out of her way to make sure we have the tools we need to implement a successful, sustainable volunteer program."

Rebecca Roberts

Curator of Programming, Planet Word


"Elisa’s presentation was engaging both with hands on encouraging audience interaction and questions. She took the presentation on a course that was led by the participants, while continuing to stay on topic and relevant. I found her very knowledgeable yet approachable. I would highly recommend her as a trainer in any situation.”

Sue Hawthorne

Volunteer Manager, Volunteers of Mid Coast Maine

"Elisa is supporting our volunteer strategic engagement planning efforts, which has never been organized before at our museum. Her approach has been thoughtful, engaging, supportive and she really knows how to lead us in the direction towards implementation and action. Through this, we have mapped out goals that will help us build & sustain the program, gain buy in & engagement from staff, increase collaboration across stakeholders, build a diverse volunteer corp, create multiple training opportunities for both staff & volunteers and foster digital innovation. I highly recommend her services as we have enjoyed her expertise, ease of availability and guidance throughout.”

Sharyl P.

"The workshop was fantastic, a few of us afterwards were talking about how helpful it was. I already have ideas about how to make my future interviews better based on what we did at your workshop. Thank you for hosting it.”

Geoffrey Cohrs

Docent Coordinator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

About Elisa

Elisa Kosarin, CVA, helps nonprofits deliver fully on their missions and raise more money by strengthening their volunteer programs.

With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, her work is driven by the underlying belief that volunteers have the potential to transform communities – when nonprofits understand how best to support them and make use of their talents.

Do you fully leverage the talent, support, and power of your volunteers?

On the Volunteer Managers Blog

Why you’re a relationship-builder first and a volunteer manager second

Why you’re a relationship-builder first and a volunteer manager second

Don't drop your specialization. Just shift your focus. I’m thinking of offering a new workshop. This one would be directed towards nonprofits leaders rather than volunteer managers. It would be called “Deconstructing Engagement.” In this workshop, we would take away...

Guest Post: The Power of “Yes”

Guest Post: The Power of “Yes”

Here's what happens when a Leader of Volunteers accepts all offers of support. In August 2020, I joined many of my peers having to scramble to find a new job thanks to the pandemic. I wanted to stay in the same field, and I needed to be part of a mission I could...