Where can I find volunteers for a fundraiser?
We have had challenges trying to find volunteers to make phone calls for sponsorships. Any advice would be helpful, as we only have 90 days to market this fundraiser.
Just include it in your marketing plan - social media may be more than enough to reach people.
Try the website: www.volunteermatch.org
People who wish to donate their time to area organizations register themselves. I did this about two years ago so I don't remember the entire process, but I get updates every week or two with a complete listing of upcoming events, the name of the organization, and what they need.
Local high school national honor society members. Most have community service requirements.
Check with local colleges Student Affairs and campus clubs and organizations. Many of those groups expect students to do community service and volunteerism is strongly encouraged or required. I do a lot of volunteer work and college students are the bulk of my teams. Best wishes.
There really are several smart options, several of which were mentioned here. Your local student communities and social media are excellent places to start. With the deadline approaching, you could even try Craig's List.
For future events, I would highly recommend partnering with other organizations in your area in order to combine a volunteer pool. It never hurts to grow your resources and your network!
Perhaps you should seek out help with the beneficiaries of the fundraiser. Maybe they have time to assist in seeking sponsorships.
Or, find a business in the community that would be impacted by the success of the fundraiser and ask them to give some reward to employees that step up to the plate to help out.
Social media is also a great option. Facebook, linkedin, etc....
Perhaps there is a christian or educational group that will be impacted by your fundraiser. Lot's of people attend school and attend church.
Try colleges and use your LinkedIn network. If someone is interested in the cause, they will help you.
Hi, Try sororities and fraternities at local universities as well as college career centers. Also, many local municipalities have volunteer banks - may be worth a try.
Another place is to check with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sometimes they have lists of volunteers that help with different events, etc.
If you are a member of a Chamber, some of those members could be available as well.
From the tags, it appears your fundraiser involves babies and hospitals. If you could connect with your local hospital, they might be interested in partnering with you. Or if you could connect with a local labor and delivery nurse they might be able to help you come up with volunteers without the extra red tape generated by a hospital administration.
I have been faced with this situation in the past. I have found that the non profit has to initially get the volunteers involved in your Cause before they can dedicate hours to calls for sponsorships. Also, at this time people are tired of being asked to sponsor. They want to find a way to support their charity by doing much less. tix4cause, a website that invites charities for free raise money every time the non profit simply encourages their donor base to go out "Out and enjoy entertainment". Every sports, concert or theater ticket purchased on this site for no extra cost to the buyer, tix4cause donates 50% of their affiliate fee to the charity. In addition, if a donor has tickets for an event they cannot attend or use, if donated on tix4cause, when the tickets sell 90% of ticket price goes to your charity. Make a difference with every purchase and charities are seeing fundraising easily executed 365 days of the year!
Another thought is to tap into your local high school sophomores and juniors. Many of them are looking for short-term volunteer opportunities to add spice to their resume in preparation for college applications. If you show them the WIFM (what's in it for them) they will come! For example, if you could post a summary that they could use in their resume. Add snacks and beverages to the equation and it adds to your roster sign-ups!
I would start by going to any online groups that are involved in any organization that is involved with your subject. You could put an ad online on one of the many sites that list things for volunteers to do. Ask your neighbors if they would help. If anyone seems nervous about making such calls, you could write a script for them to use. Craig's List is always a good place to make a request.
Social media for sure. Also, church groups, students (HS or local college). I've always had success on a small scale with the local United Way - their network of donors and agencies they help is vast!
Have you tried your local volunteer resource centre?
also- put up a Facebook post- then 'promote it' (target the demographics at 'stay at home mums'), and ask for volunteers.
Depending on event guidelines, maybe something like "Would you like to make a difference to the lives of babies? Can you help? (followed by a link)"
I hope this advice helps. Also- see if there are any people in the church communities? Put notices in op shops- that sort of thing. Also- Gumtree is another good one.
All the best for your fundraising efforts.
Cold calling tends to be a thing people shy away from at both ends. Community outreach is the best possible marketing for a charity organization.
If you can directly connect with organizations that offer services that coincide with what you do; offer them shared space in your adverting and marketing. Ask them for a place to "throw down" for a day.
So, if you can get people to let you set up a table somewhere and "let people come to you" the results will be similar to cold calls, but not seem as "pushy."
Any time you can establish a co-event that makes it more fun, you will have better luck asking for volunteers for your next event. You can do a local arts exhibit for next to nil. (Particularly if you share the ticket.)
And I agree with other opinions here: exploit every avenue for social media. Ask relatives and friends to assist you with getting it out there. That will hit more people in one day than a week of getting a phone shut off or slammed in your ear.
There are a few options you can utilize to obtain volunteers for a fundraiser. You may want to consider high school students or college students. Another excellent option is senior citizens community in your area. In utilizing high school and college students, you may want to prepare a certificate showing your appreciation for their volunteer efforts. High school and college students are always you using these certificates to include and their portfolios. It is also a good suggestion to do so for volunteers of a senior citizen communities. You may also consider utilizing volunteers from professional organizations such as HRAGD, which is the Detroit Chapter of SHRM or areas churches. These professional organizations are very apt to lend a hand helping volunteer projects as well. You can send me your information on your organization and fundraiser. I can post a volunteer link on my company website as well. I hope this helped.
Please send me information on your organization and fund raiser info. I will be happy to help in any way that I can.
April D. Halliburton
All-4-HR & Business Solutions
you can find volunteers at colleges and universities.