Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in volunteer cultivation

Posted on in Fundraising

Janet’s been a reading tutor in Sunrise Community Center’s Book Buddies program for a few years now. She recently did a terrific job organizing a fundraiser to raise some extra cash for the program. She makes her own donation to Book Buddies each year, and seems pretty reliable and involved.

Let’s ask her onto the Sunrise Community Center’s board!

Well, yes, but…

There’s a long journey from program volunteer to organizational board member, and Janet’s board orientation – and training through the whole first year – will need to help her to make that leap. 

Last modified on

Posted on in Board Development

There’s no substitute for first-hand experience.

A board member, executive director and director of development agreed, at last week’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards Panel produced by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York on Excellence in Fundraising and Resource Development, with this Steve Jobs quote: “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

Rather than asking cold – for board members, for donations, for resources – the answer, for panelists from New York Common Pantry and Red Hook Initiative, is to involve people in the organization as volunteers.

To show them, by proximity, the important work (and the recipients of the services) – in order to sell them on the mission. 


Last modified on

Posted on in Fundraising

Like any special event, the day after #GivingTuesday is filled with “We Made It!” and “Thanks To You” emails zinging through the stratosphere.

And then…?

The Holiday season rushes in.

  • Volunteers who’d been recruited by other volunteers fade back into the woodwork, perhaps to be activated next year, perhaps to move on to the next ask-of-the-moment.
  • Campaign leaders sigh with satisfaction at a job well-done and gratefully drop the ball.
  • Board members turn their attention to office celebrations and family obligations.
  • Staff concentrate their firepower on end-of-year e-appeals.

And the momentum, enthusiasm and altruism engendered by #GivingTuesday gets lost in the shuffle.

Last modified on