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VT readers ask questions about volunteer management and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
Send questions to AskConnieP@cs.com

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Dear Connie:

Can you recommend any material to help me train volunteers to approach corporations to ask them to sponsor our non-profit’s events?


Dear TS:

There’s an excellent article on idealist.org (http://www.idealist.org/if/idealist/en/FAQ/QuestionViewer/default?section=17&item=28) that is a 9-step guide for nonprofits on how to solicit corporate sponsors.  It also includes some advice from a seasoned observer.  The article covers everything from how to determine your audience to sending proposal letters and giving sponsors publicity.  Good luck!


Dear Connie:

Can you tell me where I can find sample job descriptions for Volunteer Managers?

Thanks for all your help!


Dear DT:

There's a full range of volunteer program manager job descriptions at CyberVPM [www.yahoo.com] in the files section.  This is a Yahoo listserv group that you must be a member of to access the files.  If you're already a member, just log in to Yahoo.com and go to CyberVPM, then click on the files section.  The folder is labeled "Position Descriptions." 

If you're not a member, then go to Yahoo.com and join (it's free).  Then follow the instructions above to access CyberVPM.  I encourage you to join CyberVPM in any case because it's a great listserv for anyone who manages volunteers.




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Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.

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