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Nonprofit Essentials: Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers

ISBN: 978-0-471-74007-0
240 pages
September 2005
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Praise for Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers

"Linda Lysakowski brings into focus the realities of enlisting volunteers to ensure success in a campaign. She clearly outlines logical steps that lead to inspiring passion in the volunteer, who is so essential to reaching a goal. I wish such a comprehensive treatise had been available to me forty years ago!"
--Milton Murray, Director Emeritus Philanthropic Service for Institutions Adventist World Headquarters (Silver Spring, Maryland)

"It was a pleasure to read Ms. Lysakowski's book, which outlines the roles of volunteers in the art of fundraising. Linda has woven the guidance of the great masters of philanthropy and volunteer management partnered with her extensive life experience. This is a must-have resource for development officers and nonprofit leadership essential for both volunteers and management. I especially liked the 'In the Real World' examples of concepts in action that could be implemented locally."
--Ann H. Moffitt, CFRE, Vice President of Community Development Keystone Human Services, and CEO, Keystone Partnership (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

"Research and practice tell us that organizations that engage volunteers in fundraising have more sustained success, even in tough times. This book is a substantive contribution to the literature of volunteer fundraisers, and it reminds us of the honorable role of volunteers in fundraising, even in this time of the growing professionalization of staff fundraising."
--Timothy L. Seiler, PhD, CFRE, Director Public Service and The Fund Raising School, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (Indianapolis, Indiana)
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Table of Contents


1. Why and How to Use Volunteers in Fundraising.

2. Finding and Recruiting Fundraising Volunteers.

3. Volunteer Positions in the Capital Campaign.

4. Volunteers in Other Fundraising Roles.

5. The Role of the Board in Fundraising.

6. Training and Educating Volunteers.

7. Staff and Volunteers Working Together to Raise Money.

8. Getting Started.


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Author Information

LINDA LYSAKOWSKI is the President/CEO of Capital Venture, a consulting and training firm specializing in capital and endowment campaigns and other fundraising services. She is one of the first fifty-five people worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation. Linda was named Eastern Pennsylvania's "Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year" in 2001, and in 2004, received this same recognition from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP. A magna cum laude graduate of Alvernia College, Linda is also a graduate of AFP's Faculty Training Academy. She has been a speaker at local, regional, and national fundraising conferences for more than ten years. She has authored three booklets in the AFP Ready Reference Series (Establishing Your Development Office, Getting Ready for a Capital Campaign, and Building an Effective Board of Directors) as well as articles for related newsletters and other nonprofit publications (CharityChannel, CASE Currents, and International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Linda Lysakowski is the author of numerous articles and booklets on subjects related to improving fundraising effectiveness as well as a well-known and prolific teacher and speaker at local, regional, and international conferences and seminars.
  • The book includes easy-to-understand examples of typical volunteer organizational charts as well as sample position descriptions.
  • Part of the AFP Fund Development Series--promoted to all AFP members via newsletters as well as own their web site. Opportunities for teleconferences for members.
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