ASC Statement on the Passing of Susan Ellis


As reported by her company, Susan J. Ellis, the Philadelphia-based volunteer management expert who traveled the globe to promote volunteerism and effective leadership of volunteers, has died. She passed away peacefully on February 24, 2019, after successfully living with cancer for over eight years. She was 70 years old. You can read her official obituary, which provides more details about her passing and her legacy.

“Susan’s work to professionalize volunteer engagement practices made a significant impact across the country,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “Thanks to Susan, volunteer engagement professionals are better positioned to advocate for the value of volunteers.”

“I personally benefited from Susan’s mentorship and support,” said Rachel Bruns, deputy director of ASC. “As a college student, I happened to present to my local DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers In Agencies) about a college-run volunteer program I was leading at the time, the same day Susan was giving a training to the group. Susan decided to pay for my DOVIA membership to encourage my continued involvement in the profession. I’m forever grateful to Susan for championing the volunteer engagement profession and my small role in it.”

Contributions are being accepted for the newly formed Susan J. Ellis Foundation, which will “provide grants or support programs that will expand volunteer administration and support education and research activities in volunteerism.”

Rest in peace, Susan.

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