Our Partnerships

In fitting with our mission, OzVPM works hard to bring to the Australasian region, a wide variety of resources and up-to-date information from around the world. This is made possible through our long established partnerships with a number of key volunteerism agencies right across the globe.

Our key partnerships are with:

  • Better Impact – OzVPM Founder Andy Fryar is proud to work as Better Impact’s Regional Operations Manager for Australia and NZ. ‘Better Impact Australia’ was formed in 2010 to bring Better Impact, a world leader in volunteer management software, to the Australasian region. Better Impact can be used to support the efforts of volunteers groups of all sizes and a free demonstration can be arranged by contacting Andy directly at andy@betterimpact.com.au


  • Energize – a Philadelphia based international training, consulting and publishing firm specialising in volunteerism. Led by President and leading volunteerism expert Susan J Ellis, Energize enables OzVPM to bring up to date global information and links to our website. Energize are also a key partner in our OzVPM Bookstore.


  • E-Volunteerism is an international electronic journal of volunteerism which was established in 2001. OzVPM Founder Andy Fryar has been a member of the editorial committee since day one and also helps to promote and distribute the journal through the Australaisian region.


  • Everyone Ready is an online learning program developed by the team at Energize in 2005, to educate staff leading volunteer efforts in agencies of all sizes.


  • Established in 1999, International Volunteer Manager’s Day seeks to raise the global profile of the critical role which leaders of volunteer play in the effective mobilisation of volunteers. The day is celebrated on November 5 each year. OzVPM Founder Andy Fryar has been the Chair of the global committee overseeing IVMDay since 2007. www.volunteermanagersday.org


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Susan J Ellis is respected internationally as a leading author, trainer and commentator on the topic of volunteerism. She has visited Australia on several occasions. She founded Energize in 1977 and since that time has assisted clients throughout North America (48 states and 5 provinces), Europe (8 countries), Asia (3 countries), Latin America and Australia to create or strengthen their volunteer corps. The year 2002 marked Energize’s 25th anniversary.

Susan is the author or co-author of eleven books – several of which have been translated into Japanese, Taiwanese, French and Italian. From 1981 to 1987 she was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Volunteer Administration . She has written more than 90 articles on volunteer management for dozens of publications and writes the national bi-monthly column, “On Volunteers,” for The NonProfit Times.

In 2000, she and Steve McCurley launched the field’s first online journal, e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community, www.e-volunteerism.com, for which she serves as editor.

She was the recipient of the Association for Volunteer Administration’s 1989 Harriet Naylor Distinguished Member Service Award. Susan is an active volunteer in a variety of volunteerism associations and several Philadelphia-based community groups.

Founded in 1977 and based in Philadelphia, USA, Energize Inc is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specialising in volunteerism. Energize developed it’s web presence in 1997 and has grown into one of the most respected volunteerism resources on the web.





OzVPM also draws on the resources of several key associates.

John Waller is the owner of Pinnacle Web Productions, a company that creates professional web sites for small and medium businesses.

He is the creator and web master of the OzVPM site, and is involved in offering his expertise in consultancies where web / internet advice is warranted.

John gained an engineering degree in Building Construction from Brighton Polytechnic, UK and a Diploma in Theology in Adelaide, South Australia.

Over a decade of experience in project management and administration with large corporations has given him a strong background in business management, which he now brings to the arena of small business and not-for-profits to give a depth, creative flair and professionalism to their web sites.

John has been involved with the Internet for a number of years and entered the field of professional web design in 1999.