2022 Central Ohio Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer?

Hone your skills | Polish your event, stewardship or solicitation skills in a non-work environment
Gain new talents | Challenge yourself to try skills outside of your norm & boost your resume
Network with like-minded professionals | Virtually connect with peers to grow, vent, or get advice
Give back to our Central Ohio community | Be part of our almost 100% volunteer-run AFP chapter

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE YOUR IMPACT?

We currently have 8 committees looking for 45 volunteers:

Scholarship & Collegiate Chapter
IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access)
Marketing
Membership
Monthly Education Programs
National Philanthropy Day: Event Planning
National Philanthropy Day: Nominations
Sponsorship

Check out each committee’s description to learn more about their areas of focus. Look at their meeting schedules, ‘busy’ seasons, roles and responsibilities, and determine which committees are best suited for your personal and professional growth.

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?

Please click here for the official sign-up Google form.
Click here for the current Volunteer Information Packet

AFP’s Volunteer Placement Manager, Mary Beth McNamee, will follow up with you. Committees vary in size and need, so volunteer assignments will be made according to committee need and volunteer preference.

GLOBAL EDUCATION COURSES COMMITTEE

Chair: Carolyn Caldwell

Overview:
Plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate the annual AFP education courses. Up to three virtual events planned for 2022 may include: Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Review Course. Create promotional marketing for three educational events tailored to four different professional skill levels. Assist with coordination of virtual meeting format, managing multiple speakers and Zoom breakout rooms. Assist with dissemination of course materials (physical mail and email). Assist with creation of feedback surveys.

Specific Duties:
Volunteers assigned to each Education Course to plan, implement, schedule, and recruit speakers. One volunteer needed to virtually man each event (schedule TBD).

Workload:
Year-round, but moderate. Heavier in the front half of the year to plan the three events.

Meeting Schedule:
Virtually every month until September/October on a mutually convenient date and time.

Skills Gained:
Marketing, survey creation, schedule coordinating, virtual event planning, Zoom meeting coordination.

Volunteer Slots Available:
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SCHOLARSHIP & COLLEGIATE CHAPTER COMMITTEE

Chair: Lori Burrows

Overview:
The Scholarship & Collegiate Chapter Committee is responsible for promoting and awarding scholarships that benefit AFP’s professional members and encouraging the next generation of students studying at colleges in central Ohio to consider the fundraising profession. As a result of these efforts, more members or prospective members should be interested and engaged in AFP’s mission and programs.

Specific Duties:

Scholarship 

– Promote scholarship opportunities to AFP members and beyond. 

– Share posts on LinkedIn to increase application rates and diversity of applicants. – Be willing to help review scholarship applications and make recommendations for finalists. – Support committee chair with tasks and outreach. 

Collegiate 

– Participate in virtual committee meetings and collegiate chapter meetings. 

– Brainstorm and help implement opportunities to engage college students who are interested in fundraising careers after graduation. 

– Encourage college students to launch APF collegiate chapters on their campuses and welcome new college graduates to join AFP. 

– Take part in Zoom presentations that will be shared with college students or recent graduates.

Workload:
Jan/Feb: Prepare marketing plans and strategies for the year; launch scholarship application. March – May: Heavily promote scholarships, review scholarship applications received. Connect with college representatives to plan promotions for the 2022-2023 academic year. June – July: Second round of promotions for scholarship and continue review of applications. Assess marketing plans and measurable outcomes achieved thus far. Finalize engagement opportunities for college students. 

Oct – Dec: Finish selections for scholarships before end of year. Host college students online or in person for recruitment into fundraising and AFP. Highlight student profiles in E-digest.

Meeting Schedule:
Monthly meetings, currently held virtually on the second Thursday of each month.

Skills Gained:
Strategic planning, teamwork, public speaking, volunteer engagement, mentoring.

Volunteer Slots Available:
1

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) COMMITTEE

Chair: Kelsie Fields

Overview:
Implements, incorporates and monitors the chapter’s diversity/inclusion goals and objectives into all aspects of chapter operations. We’d love to grow and diversify the committee in order to strengthen our programming through more input from a variety of voices and identities. This is a great committee for anyone looking to take on a leadership role in the chapter. Experience with diversity programming a plus.

Specific Duties:
Coordinating Big IDEA speaker series (includes speaker outreach and catering/logistics coordination). Planning annual collaboration with the Education Committee (large event focused on education related to IDEA). Gathering and submitting IDEA-related articles and resources for the AFP Marketing Digest. Partnering with other committees to evaluate processes for IDEA and helping craft new processes where needed.

Note: Due to COVID we have pivoted away from the Big IDEA and have instead focused on an equity training series. The next session is to be hosted in April.

Workload:
Year-round, 1-2 hours per month.

Meeting Schedule:
Quarterly beginning in March, dates to be determined based on mutual availability.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, project management, effective communication, strengthen personal understanding of IDEA.

Volunteer Slots Available:
10

MARKETING & PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE

Chair: Valerie Davis

Overview:
The Marketing Committee is responsible for creating and implementing the Central Ohio AFP marketing initiatives and leading the chapter’s marketing efforts.

Specific Duties:
Coordination of the Digest member e-newsletter, curating and creating social media content, gathering written and video testimonials, creating other marketing materials as needed.

Workload:
Year-round, steady.

Meeting Schedule:
Quarterly, dates tbd based on mutual availability.

Skills Gained:
Copywriting, editing, project management, leadership, and hone digital marketing skills.

Volunteer Slots Available:
3

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Chair: Bill Bartolini, ACFRE

Overview:
The Membership Committee is responsible for Membership recruitment, renewal, and retention. In the process of meeting those goals, the committee hosts membership orientation events and the annual chapter meeting/holiday social. Membership Committee is the front-line ambassador of the Central Ohio AFP Chapter and is composed of both relatively new and long-time AFP members.

Specific Duties:
Volunteers are assigned responsibilities based on their comfort level and interest. Duties include event-specific, one-time activities and year-round/monthly activities such as: new member welcome calls, birthday greetings, and member renewal calls. Each month, committee volunteers can decide to reach out to as few as 1-2 members OR can chair a subcommittee, including: Young Professionals, Businesses, Nonprofit Members, or Professional Members.

Workload:

Year-round, steady: 

  • March/April – New Member Orientation 
  • Sept/Oct – New Member Orientation 
  • November – followup to National Philanthropy Day Celebration 
  • December – Holiday Party 

Monthly: 

  • Host potential new members at chapter activities or meetings 
  • Call new members and remind them of AFP Global benefits 
  • Reach out to new and small organization members invite them to apply for a scholarship
  • Call lapsed members and following up with guests to programs 
  • Reach out to large nonprofit business members and invite them to add more staff on their roster
  • Develop a list of underserved organizations and invite them to become members

Meeting Schedule:
March meeting; optional quarterly chair check-in meetings, virtual full committee meetings TBD at mutually agreed-upon times and dates.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, stewardship, re-engaging lapsed constituents, donor communications, building and strengthening one’s professional network.

Volunteer Slots Available:
12

MONTHLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Chair: Michael Haddock

Overview:
Responsible for providing educational opportunities for chapter members including monthly luncheons and other special educational opportunities. Looking for members with an interest in hands-on, meaningful and constantly-changing subject matter.

Specific Duties:
One Lead and Assistant per Monthly Luncheon, along with 2-3

Manage logistics for each month’s program: 

Preparing the RFP 

Deciding on the correct programs 

Contacting selected presenters 

Determine meeting locations, AV and logistics, and speaker hosting (if applicable) Coordinate food and beverage (if applicable) 

Submitting education materials to AFP Global for CFRE credits 

Communicate with the chapter administrator on all event aspects 

Create and maintain the master events calendar for the chapter website

Workload:
Year-round, steady.

Meeting Schedule:
Virtual meetings for one-hour.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, vendor contacts, gaining a glimpse into every area of the fundraising industry via presenters, project management, creative problem solving, budget tracking, proposal review.

Volunteer Slots Available:
5

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE

Chair: Colby Falconer

Overview:
The NPD Committee is looking for assistance in planning the 2022 National Philanthropy Day event, traditionally held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This event is our local chapter’s celebration of philanthropy in central Ohio, awarding 9 awards to local individuals, corporations and foundations doing exemplary work in the community. There are NPD celebrations across the country and globe which mirror this tradition. This event is not only our signature fundraising event, but also an excellent education, recruitment and stewardship event.

Specific Duties:
Volunteers can self-select from NPD subcommittees to serve on, including: audience and honoree engagement, promotions/publicity/marketing, script and run-of-show and communications.

Workload:
NPD Event Planning work is year-round, with a concentration beginning early summer. NPD event day itself falls on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Meeting Schedule:
Meetings TBD at mutually agreed-upon times and dates.

Skills Gained:
Event planning, stewardship, leadership, external relations.

Volunteer Slots Available:
8

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Jeff Redfield

Overview:
The NPD Nominations Committee oversees the award criteria, solicitation for, nominations’ eligibility, selection process/review, and public announcement of nominations for the 2022 National Philanthropy Day honorees. This includes reviewing award stipulations and criteria (avoiding bias), discussing additions/subtractions to the Honoree/Award Selection Panel, tabulating results, notification of results, and more. We historically honor 9 award recipients from philanthropists, volunteers, corporations/organizations, youth and professional fundraisers in the Central Ohio area.

Specific Duties:

Review and update current criteria, determine process and timelines, marketing of nominations process, selection and working directly with the Selection panels (mainly past honorees), honoree announcement and awards; 

Technical support: nomination/recognition “how to/best practices”, online process and tabulation, communication, Honoree Liaison; Collating all nomination submissions for review, scoring review; Coordination with Awards Vendor.

Workload:
First half of the year heavier focus, beginning in the 1st quarter and concentrated work in the 2nd quarter, some work leading up to the NPD event in November, with nominations process for the following year reviewed in the 4th quarter.

Meeting Schedule:
Afternoons based on majority availability. Currently, meetings will be held virtually.

Skills Gained:
Detail-orientation, communication with outside vendors, strategic problem solving, creating and implementing a process, donor recognition/relations.

Volunteer Slots Available:
4

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE

Chair: Patty Hiatt

Overview:
The committee’s goals are to grow sponsor revenue and create processes to increase efficiency within the committee. Volunteers will solicit and follow-up with funders in a timely manner, prioritizing transparency and trust in all communications. Volunteers will also be responsible for sponsor stewardship and communicating reach and impact.

Specific Duties:
Compiling prospect lists, stewardship of past sponsors, cultivation of potential sponsors, ongoing communications to sponsors and prospect, invoicing, and data management. One volunteer will revise the invoice process. One volunteer will serve as relationship manager with each sponsor. One volunteer will work on Canva to design the sponsorship packet used as a solicitation tool.

Workload:
Year-round, moderate.

Meeting Schedule:
The committee will meet virtually on a TBD basis.

Skills Gained:
Direct solicitation, graphic design, stewardship, invoicing, acknowledgement letters, prospect management, foundations relations, networking opportunities.

Volunteer Slots Available:
2

Volunteer Placement Chair

Mary Beth McNamee

Development Officer for Individual Giving & Annual Fund - Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Contact Me

614-685-2172


Position Title: Volunteer Placement Chair

Capacity: Board Member

Reports to: Vice President for Membership

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruits and enlists committee members as needed; monitors the work of volunteers to ensure timely completion of assignments
  • Organizes and chairs committee meetings
  • Develops and submits a budget to the Treasurer by designated deadline; monitors committee income and expenditures
  • Identifies each association committee volunteer needs and roles to be fulfilled
  • Obtains the names of scholarship recipients and mentees. Determine whether they are members of committees (as required for award and mentorship); if not, place them on a committee that best matches their interest and in the interest of the chapter
  • Makes formal introductions of volunteer to committee chair; hand-off
  • Provides timely and up-to-date content to Chapter Administrator and Marketing Chair for website and digital publications
  • Works to successfully achieve goals outlined in Chapter Strategic Plan
  • Ensures there is a succession plan to cultivate a new chair to take his/her place as needed
  • Celebrates success; ensures that celebration includes expressions of gratitude to volunteers
  • Adheres to policies and Board responsibilities as adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Upon leaving office, transfers all records to successor