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
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.