Post # 1
I’m trying to get together a committee of students to solicit donations for a fundraising event. All proceeds for this event go to a scholarship fund. At this time, we only award two significant scholarships a year out of this fund. We also award each incoming student a small bookstore scholarship ($100).
But because only two students TRULY benefit from this fundraising event, it’s proven difficult to motivate the other students to get involved/excited. Any ideas?
Right now, I am listing the perks of volunteering for the fundraising committee as:<br />1. Soliciting experience for your resume<br />2. Small time commitment <br />3. Free ticket (a $35 value) to the fundraising event, which includes dinner and alcohol<br />4. Occasional group meetings, dinner included<br />5. The more money we raise, the more scholarships we can award!<br /><br />What else could I use to motivate them and get them excited about this event? Would love your input!
Post # 2
I actually think your list is pretty great already. Even though I love to volunteer, and don’t need any compensation for it, it’s great that you can give your volunteers a free ticket (including dinner a a drink?!) to the event…that’s a huge bonus to me, and I hope the potential volunteers see it as a reason to as well.
I used to work for a large non-profit org as the volunteer coordinator and some other things we used to do were give the volunteers swag. People love swag lol. I totally understand that not all organizations/groups can offer this though. Do you know anyone who could donate something (a gift card for a service, a nice gift basket, etc.) and have a draw for any volunteers who help out?
Post # 3
Rue7514: when I was a student, the free dinners (and alcohol) would have done it for me!
Post # 4
In my experience, personalizing the topic and showing how their impact will be used are both motivators. Personalizing it could be something like saying “you’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop in the XXXXXX program. Help give other students the opportunity!” or something like that. Bonus if it’s specific to the students’ college/program/extracurricular activities/etc.
Impact could be showing pictures, stories, and quotes from those who have recieved the scholarship in the past and how much the scholarship changed their lives.
Post # 5
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Rue7514: I agree…the free food would have been enough for me! Although, I might refrain from using the word “solicit” due to its often negative association, but that’s just a personal thing!
Post # 6
If you want people to volunteer you need to ask the frats/sororities (they need community service hours) or freshmen thirsty for new experiences (they’re also easy to bribe, try movie tickets).
I was asked to volunteer again and again throughout my college years and now I will never volunteer for anything ever again! Every time I was used and exploited, free labor then just thrown away.
Post # 7
Wow you are offering so much already! I volunteer with children because I love it, and I used to have to PAY to do it! As a student the free food would have been a huge bonus.
I think maybe the problem isnt so much enticing students to get involved but the awareness of the volunteer positions? In the UK we have Student Unions like big buildings with shops for students, bars, clubs and societies. If you have anything similar you could advertise it there, posters, people stood handing out flyers (most get thrown away but some will be kept). In general you could just hand out flyers on campus. Have someone visit halls, and the sororities and fraternities if there are any- members there should be interested as they are already quite philanthropic.
Agree with PP as well, instead of ‘solicit’ say ‘discuss giving’ it just sounds much friendlier.
Post # 8
yupmarried: The volunteers have to be from our school specifically (a professional school), so sororities and frats aren’t an option. What would have made you feel more appreciated throughout your volunteering? I want to make this a priority.
Post # 9
KateA17: I sent out a few emails to students my colleagues reccomended, and we are doing a short presentation in one of their classes next week. The presentation I’m doing is very light and full of funny gifs, so I’m hoping that will leave an impression on them!
Post # 10
CarolinaPeach13: Good call!
Ryansgirl: I was thinking of doing t-shirts or something. There will be around 30 volunteers, so it wouldn’t be too big of a cost.