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2012 April 16
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Fundraising and non-profit news and tips from around the internet.

Raise Funds with a Lottery-Style Raffle, April 11, 2012 12:03:25 PM

Is your organization planning on holding a fundraiser to raise cash for a worthy need, cause, or project? How about holding lottery-style raffle to make money? The states do, and of course they rake in bundles. You can too, albeit with smaller bundles. The advantages to holding a lottery-style raffle are numerous, and all you…

Community philanthropy seen on upswing

www.philanthropyjournal.orgMonday, April 16, 2012 4:46:46 AM

Community giving and participation are essential for social progress and global development, and can generate increased local ownership and local accountability, new report says.

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Fundraising is Not a Narcotic, January 24, 2012 12:48:57 AM

Over the last few months I have been secretly peddling drugs. My blog was hacked and, unknown to me, written into the metadata was advertising for a narcotic. I’m very sorry that I did not catch it sooner. I deleted my site and reposted everything and have solved the problem. I was thinking about what [...]

Nonprofit Types


The most common form of nonprofit is the 501(c)(3), a tax-exempt organization recognized by the IRS. But, there are many types of nonprofits that are registered by the IRS, and they all have different designations.

Volunteer Overpopulation – Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Volunteers?

www.event360.comMonday, April 16, 2012 6:02:49 PM

Katie SisumWelcome to National Volunteer Week. Katie Sisum, one of our volunteer managers, will be blogging about her insights and experiences this week. We know that countless volunteers are needed to make fundraising events a success and we’d like to thank volunteers everywhere for all you do.

If I’m the right hand of the volunteer show here at Event 360 then Volunteer Production Manager Meredith Cleasby is the left hand. We work in tandem to create unique experiences for our volunteers and would be lost at times if we weren’t pumping feedback to each other. When I congratulated Meredith on stepping up this volunteer week to make a difference, you might be surprised to hear her response: “It makes me uncomfortable…and gives me nightmares!” Meredith took my challenge and registered for the Boston Marathon as a volunteer. Lucky for her she got assigned to the exact task that gives her the willies — bus loading! I think that’s great (insert overly happy grin on my face)! Not only is she volunteering, she is challenging herself to help out with a task that is not her first choice. She is starting off her volunteer week right, now how are you beginning it? 

No matter where you volunteer this week (or any week), you might experience what is sometimes overlooked in the volunteer management world. Often not seen as a problem to casual event planners, this issue can certainly lead to a problem if not handled correctly: volunteer overpopulation. Yes, I think I just created that phrase. 

If you are already organized and a good communicator, using an excel worksheet that illustrates the time you’ve spent pondering how many volunteers you have, shift times, job titles, and the like, and then shared this plan with key event players, you will likely not experience volunteer overpopulation. But, if you advertised that you need volunteers and are gathering them in one big bucket with the thought of “I’ll find them all jobs as we get closer to the event,” pay attention to the following tips:

  1. Don’t plan in a box (or your cube)! Create a well-thought plan that covers every need of the event and then talk it through with the person in charge of event logistics. Make sure your plan and their promises to site contractors and city officials match up.
  2. Walk the tightrope with caution. You know you need a certain number of people to accomplish a task. On our People Saving Pets Walk in Phoenix we know that due to the size of our registration tent it is well staffed with 20 volunteers. With that in mind we will over register to account for drop outs but we will cap our registrations. Don’t be afraid to cap your volunteer registrations in order to set proper expectations and help limit reassignments.
  3. Move volunteers! Don’t overstaff your volunteer areas. This method is not healthy for the longevity of a volunteer. If you under use your volunteers they will not feel valued and will not put your event on their must do list for next year. I’ve witnessed volunteers who have left 60 minutes into their shifts because they felt underutilized. We, at Event 360, would rather turn down volunteers than see a volunteer not utilized. We watch our numbers carefully to create the fullest experience for them. 
  4. Create a new team. A standard on a volunteer program of ours is a team marked “I’ll Help Anywhere.” This is group of volunteers that we recruit (again limiting the number) that will literally fill in and help on any team. They know they won’t receive an assignment until the day of the event, but they have the flexible mentality that it takes to be our volunteer chameleons.
  5. “But should I just trust people to show up?” Yes! Trust your volunteers and understand the volunteer mindset. When you do both you will always have well-run volunteer teams. If you don’t feel informed on recruitment, retention and volunteer methodology look into classes with your local volunteer administrator’s network or perhaps get in touch with us to do an audit on your program.

Remember that you are in charge of creating a one-of-a-kind experience for volunteers that leaves them devoted to coming back next year or to your next opportunity. When asking Kiki Setterlund, a Volunteer Operations Coordinator here at Event 360, to consider stepping up to the volunteer challenge, she replied that she likes volunteering but also said, “At times I don’t feel my time is well-spent nor do I feel the end-goal has benefitted from my participation.” Volunteers like Kiki truly want to help make a difference for an organization; they are passionate about your cause and although they see areas that need improvement they are willing to stick around to help you. It’s much better to make sure they leave feeling they’ve made an impact!

Thanks to all volunteers stepping up to my challenge this week. And, rock on Meredith and Kiki — I look forward to hearing how your experiences turn out. Stay tuned to our blog this week for more about the little things that matter in volunteer relationships, and how to keep your devoted volunteers coming back!

Katie Sisum has spent the last 12 years in the volunteer world as either an organizer or volunteer, including two years of service with AmeriCorps. As Volunteer Programs Manager for Event 360, she helps create significant experiences for over 7,000 volunteers and crewmembers each year. A new member of Corporate Volunteerism Council Twin Cities, Katie lives in Minneapolis with her four-footed dog friend, is a glass blower and owns a stained glass studio in the city.

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