Managing Volunteers
How to Maximize Your Most Valuable Resource
by Nancy Sakaduski
March 2013, 198pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0364-2
$55, £43, 48€, A76
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-0365-9
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Volunteers are the backbone of many an organization. This practical, hands-on guide, filled with useful tips and everyday examples, will help those responsible for volunteers successfully recruit and manage this invaluable resource.

Anyone who supervises volunteers will find this book an indispensable guide for navigating the intricacies of managing unpaid workers. Underlying the content is the message that volunteers are a vital part of an organization’s workforce and should be treated as valuable members of the team. Volunteers can work alongside paid staff members to help the organization run smoothly and efficiently—and cost effectively. The book is packed with easily implemented advice and proven techniques for successfully handling common situations. Concise and easy to read, it assumes neither previous volunteer management experience nor familiarity with business practices, yet even experienced volunteer managers will come away with fresh ideas and new approaches.

To augment her own expertise and increase the diversity of viewpoints, the author interviewed volunteer managers from various types of organizations and shares their stories. Quotes and anecdotes throughout the book help readers relate to common problems and illustrate the challenges and rewards of managing volunteers.

Nancy Sakaduski, MBA, is a professional marketing consultant who, through her company Sakaduski Marketing Solutions, helps businesses and organizations grow and succeed. Her published works include 16 books, among them ABC-CLIO's Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, which she coauthored with her father, Robert A. Day. Sakaduski holds an executive master's degree in business administration from Loyola University. Her background includes management experience in both the profit and the not-for-profit sectors, a combination that provides an ideal vantage point for bringing effective business techniques to the challenges of managing a volunteer workforce.
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