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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?



“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


“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


“I love that the Twenty Hats training relates directly to your work, your present struggles and challenges. It was helpful for me to talk with my struggles out loud to my colleagues during the team brainstorming activities. I was able to relate everything we learned back to my work at my organization in some way, which I didn’t expect, but loved!”

Lauren Padgett

Manager, Volunteers and Events, PRS, Inc.


On the Blog

Why it’s ok for volunteer managers to move on

Why it’s ok for volunteer managers to move on

Volunteer manager turnover is not a problem — it's something to plan for and even support When I first began working in nonprofits, I was lucky to report to a CEO with some very clear policies. — One was the “Oops” policy, meaning that that errors are natural and not...

#LOVols are you comfortable enough for a difficult conversation?

#LOVols are you comfortable enough for a difficult conversation?

We generally know what to say in those difficult conversations with volunteers or staff. So what’s holding us back? You might be want to hear what's up with my latest Leadership Circle for volunteer managers. This one is a bit larger than circles I've led in the past...