About


Hello! This website is a space to explore creative approaches to engaging volunteers and share research that is too juicy, intriguing, or perplexing to keep to myself.

I am Sue Carter Kahl, a writer and researcher who is intrigued by the possibilities (and challenges) of engaging the community as partners in nonprofit and government work. My background includes running a volunteer center, serving as a state commissioner on volunteerism, teaching and facilitating volunteer engagement, designing and conducting research on service, and exploring the shadowy parts of volunteerism that we don’t mention in polite company.

I have a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and am passionate about bridging practice and theory. I volunteer as a coach for nonprofit executives through Fieldstone Leadership Network in San Diego and on projects that help advance volunteerism.

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