National Volunteer Week is coming up April 19-25, 2009 (thanks to Joanne at About.com for the reminder!)  This could be a great time for your nonprofit to recognize, show appreciation for and step-up your volunteer organization efforts.

For many groups volunteers are a crucial part of keeping the organization funded. Here are some articles with great insights on the volunteer role in fundraising.

Seeking Volunteer Leaders: Tips for Increasing Women’s Giving at onPhilanthropy

Want Larger Donations? Ask Donors First to Volunteer a great article from AFP

Empower Your Supporters To Fundraise by Nancy E. Schwartz

8 tasks for board members who hate fundraising from Kristen Denzer, Nonprofit SOS

Inspire volunteers, donors with a Behind-the-Scenes Access Tour

There’s no way volunteers will help fundraise if they don’t feel valued by your organization.  Earlier this week I posted Drive-in to your volunteer job (like it or not).  Also see: Treat Your Volunteers Right by Lori Rice and Handling Volunteer Challenges Gracefully by Carrie Hill.

There are many nonprofits who have team and individual based fundraising as a complete strategy.  These volunteers not only raise funds, they are evangelists for the the organization and advocates for a cause.

Here are some posts that profile great volunteer fundraisers:

Mike Abare talks with Firstgiving about why he does fundraising for Doctors Without Borders.

Lynn Smythe recently hosted a Successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to raise funds as a Team in Training member for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Teen raises funds for United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit (UCP/Detroit).

Marathoner Mary McManus raises funds for Spaulding Rehab Hospital.

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Posted on 03 April 2009

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