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Working with Volunteers in Major Fundraising

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One of the fundamental roles of volunteers throughout the world is raising money. Even organizations that do not involve many volunteers in helping to provide direct services rely on board-level volunteers and others to advocate for their cause to individual donors, private foundations, and other sources of cash. Often the coordination of fundraising volunteers is separated from that of direct service volunteer management, but also frequently the two categories blur.

This Keyboard Roundtable focuses on those fundraising volunteers who are engaged in securing major gifts or running large revenue-producing special events. An international panel of practitioners discusses questions such as: what to look for in a major fundraising volunteer and what to avoid; how to recruit and manage major fundraising volunteers and how this differs from recruiting other volunteers; and challenges in engaging volunteers in fundraising, especially if they are themselves big money donors or really important in the community.