25 Things Virtual Volunteers Can Do

Millions of people spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday volunteering, a wonderful tribute to a man whose life was dedicated to public service. Tomorrow morning, children will enter freshly painted head-start classrooms, people with mobility challenges will roll up newly constructed ramps, and coat closets will be able to find the winter wear they need to keep the homeless men on their doorsteps clothed and warm because someone cared enough to sort through boxes and bags of donations and fold and hang coats and sweaters by sizes.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a phenomenal day and what is accomplished on it annually is inspiring. Clearly, people want to contribute their time, skills, and energy to the organizations in their community. But not everyone has a day off each day to be able to volunteer.

That’s why many organizations are finding ways to help individuals and workplace teams become Virtual Volunteers. What’s more, a lot of companies and businesses are willing to allow their work teams or departments to volunteer from the office for specific times for virtual volunteering. This can make coordinating a company volunteer project a lot more hassle free.

Teaching Our Children About Philanthropy - Part II

Teaching Our Children About Philanthropy - Part II


In Part 1 of this 2-Part Series, we looked at how we share our philanthropic values with kids and how many people like to volunteer with their children this time of year.

In fact, Saturday, November 21st is Family Volunteer Day. Family Volunteer Day, sponsored by Generation On, an initiative of Points of Light, is a day of caring designed to engage youth and children in caring about the world around them.

It’s not too late to get involved.

Teaching Your Children About Philanthropy

The next few weeks are essential to nonprofits. 25% of all donations for the year come in between November 14 and December 14.

There is an out-pouring of gifts this time of year because people feel generous this time of year.

Many families decide that this is a great time to make sure that they teach their children about charitable giving and volunteerism. Some parents feel it’s especially important at this time of year to help children understand gratitude and the real meaning of the holidays. Still others are motivated by a desire to counter-balance the season’s commercialism and the focus on materialistic presents and desires for nonessential items.

But don’t take your young children to the local soup kitchen just yet, says writer Kelley Holland

Calling Up the Reserves - #AFPFC Wrap-Up

Calling Up the Reserves - #AFPFC Wrap-Up

Many organizations have some sort of Advisory Councils.  But often these councils, populated largely with former board members or community dignitaries that don’t have time to be board members, languish, largely neglected by the very organizations that have created them. They often have no clear purpose and meet infrequently.

But that doesn’t have to be the case.

How to Recruit and Support Fundraising Volunteers

How to Recruit and Support Fundraising Volunteers

I’ll never forget 2007. 

That was the year that potential volunteers kept coming up to me at our volunteer recognition and recruitment event and saying “Hey! I’d like to help with fundraising!” By the end of the night, I had our golf tournament committee full, our silent auction committee full. I had volunteers signed up to ask for sponsorships, put up flyers around town, and hand-address appeal letters.  It was an incredible evening.  It seemed everyone wanted to be a fundraising volunteer.