Do volunteers make good fundraisers?

Your volunteers are ideally placed to undertake fundraising activities, especially face to face work with the general public. They are typically passionate about the work of the organisation and can give first hand experience to potential donors they are speaking to about the difference your organisation makes.

What can we ask volunteers to do?

Volunteers can be asked to do all kinds of activities. However, be careful in asking a volunteer to do the same work as a paid employee. Offer volunteers a range of activities so that they can pick ones that best suit their skills and interest. Also look at ways to help your volunteers through training and support. Training is available locally for volunteers through Courses for Communities and includes accredited courses for volunteer managers. The Institute of Fundraising has also produced guidance on using volunteers as fundraisers.

Where can we find volunteers?

First try asking your members or supporters, explain what you expect volunteers to do and what support you can offer them. You should also contact your local volunteer centre, which have details of people looking for volunteering opportunities in your area and can also publicise your need for volunteers. Volunteering Wales is a website which advertises up to the minute details of volunteering opportunities sorted by geographical area (local authority) and subject (from advice work and counselling to conservation, fundraising, sports, youth work and much more).

What else do we need to know?

There is a range of information sheets and resources to help organisations manage and support volunteers. Training is also available locally for volunteers through Courses for Communities and includes accredited courses for volunteer managers. Alternatively, contact your local county voluntary council or WCVA's Helpdesk for advice and support on volunteering.