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Fundraiser Volunteer Recruiting
In nearly all cases, fundraising for your non-profit group requires the work of volunteers. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your fundraiser by recruiting the worker bees you need.
To get enough volunteers you need to start early. The best way to do that is by pre-recruiting them. In other words, go through last yearís files and select the members that you think will be the most helpful.
Have each of them make a list of three to five potential volunteers and then instruct them to invite each potential helper to the first meeting.
Create an easy sign-up checklist
Next, use your written job descriptions to create a checklist form that has clearly defined positions and time requirements. At your first meeting, circulate a signup sheet where volunteers can place their name and number next to the description of a suitable position.
There is never a better moment to recruit than at the first meeting!
Our neighborhood swim team recruits volunteers in a surprisingly direct fashion. In fact, if your child participates on the swim team, it is a requirement that the parent sign up for at least two tasks, period.
Now thatís volunteer recruiting at itís best. Certainly, this doesnít work in many situations like in the public schools, but use it if you can.
Recruit special skills
Donít forget to actively recruit expertise for special areas. A marketing person for your marketing plan, a sales person for your sales script, a bookkeeper for order tallying, a business owner to head your merchant plan.
The bottom line is you can get more and better volunteers by being proactive and by targeting specific skill sets.
Youíll want involvement from those with specific knowledge of what works. Rely on your veterans from previous efforts, but donít overload them or youíll burn them up at a rapid rate.
Build for the future
Key positions need experience, but strive to groom newcomers for the future as well. Empower volunteers to make the right decisions and theyíll feel like theyíre making a difference. That empowerment will translate into a higher return rate next year among your volunteer pool.
An example would be a customer satisfaction issue where someone received some damaged goods. Any volunteer will tell you that they hate having to tell a customer that they need to get a refund approved by a chairperson.
Give them the authority to set things right immediately. Your customers and volunteers will be happier and both will be more likely to participate again.
About the Author: Kimberly Reynolds writes about fundraising ideas and tips on recruiting volunteers for your next fundraiser on her website. Find hundreds of fundraiser ideas on her website.