Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

A Volunteer Trade! -How It Works in the US


13 February 2006 at 12:02 pm
Staff Reporter
The latest fundraising concept from the US is "A Volunteer Trade" - an agreement to switch volunteers with another organisation for specific tasks during a specific event; and it's taking off according to consultants Auctionpay.

Staff Reporter | 13 February 2006 at 12:02 pm


0 Comments


 Print
A Volunteer Trade! -How It Works in the US
13 February 2006 at 12:02 pm

The latest fundraising concept from the US is “A Volunteer Trade” – an agreement to switch volunteers with another organisation for specific tasks during a specific event; and it’s taking off according to consultants Auctionpay.

Auctionpay says the concept allows an organisation to hand over to guest volunteers during an event so that your loyal volunteers are free to enjoy the outcome of their labours in getting the event off the ground.

Here’s an example. You send your volunteers to take registrations and monitor the silent auction at another organisation’s event and they do the same for yours.

Auctionpay says a volunteer trade frees up your volunteers during your event so they can:
– Bid on items
– Get the party rolling
– Motivate the crowd
– Meet and mingle with new donors and contacts
– Enjoy the food, decorations, and entertainment they helped to organise

To organise a volunteer trade, Auctionpay says look for Not for Profits with similar events. These organisations should agree with you on what a quality event looks like and how to run a smooth event. It says that in the US many schools and smaller organisations use this system successfully year after year.

Discuss ideas with your volunteers. They may already be involved in other events that would make a good match. Explain that you will be reciprocating the benefits by lending your volunteers to their organisation for their event as well.

Coordinate schedules with your partner organisation for each of your events. Decide how you will assign volunteers, as well as how you will get instructions and details out to each team (email can be very effective), as well as how you will handle training. (In the US Auctionpay systems provide credit card and EFTPOS style machines)

Select someone on your staff or volunteer team to be the leader of your Volunteer Trade. For your partner event, this person can be responsible for last-minute reminders and delivering driving directions or any other last-minute instructions.

At your event, this person will be the greeter of your guest volunteers. They can be responsible to answer questions and get the volunteers positioned and ready to run registration and silent auction.

At the Event – give yourself a half-hour before guests start arriving to greet your guest volunteers, finalise instructions and answer any questions. Your assigned coordinator can put everyone in place and get things started.

At the end of the night, have a few of your own volunteers and staff on hand to take the reigns for check-out and cashiering. They know more about the details of your event and can handle any questions that come up. You will also be able to better control and track payments for final reconciliation.

Overall Auctionpay says don’t miss these benefits of a volunteer trade:
1. Revenue will increase because your own volunteers are free to place bids!
2. Your volunteers are free to enjoy the event.
3. New contacts and volunteers learn about your organisation.
4. Using referrals can save you money.

To find out more about Volunteer Trades and other fundraising tips go to Auctionpay’s website: www.auctionpay.com/about_us/index.htm

If your organisation has tried volunteer trades, we’d love to hear about your experience. Just send us an email to:probono@probonoaustralia.com.au.



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Tags : Volunteering,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

How to start a new job (from your home office)

Maggie Coggan

Sunday, 9th August 2020 at 11:44 pm

Camel library proves a hit for locked down Ethiopian kids

Luke Michael

Saturday, 8th August 2020 at 9:00 am

Disadvantage is a virus, it’s time we intervened with a vaccine

Dr Lisa J. Griffiths

Friday, 7th August 2020 at 4:32 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×

We need your help.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Bono Australia has seen a devastating fall in advertising and less people posting on our job board, which is how we fund our free news service. You can show us that you value the work we do by making a contribution.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!