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| ASK CONNIE
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.
Can you recommend any material to help me train volunteers to approach corporations to ask them to sponsor our non-profit’s events?
There’s an excellent article from the National Center for Charitable Statistics that is a 9-step guide for nonprofits on how to solicit corporate sponsors. The article covers everything from how to determine your audience to sending proposal letters and giving sponsors publicity. Good luck!
I have two interns (thankfully!) for 6 weeks this summer. Can you suggest some ways in which I can utilize them and provide a meaningful experience for them?
Having interns in addition to your volunteer corps is a real blessing. One way in which you can make good use of the interns’ time and help them learn about volunteer management is to involve them in updating your management systems. Here’s my favorite checklist of things that need to be reviewed and updated annually – an ideal project for interns!
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 25 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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