Brady’s Blog with Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Follow Brady Lowe, Communications and Community Relations with Globe University-La Crosse, as he collects advice from Globe’s community partners to share with students!
Jeff Murawski, Director of Program Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region, helps coordinate the organization’s annual Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser. Globe University-La Crosse participates in this event and always has a great time supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Q. Events like Bowl for Kids’ Sake are very important fundraising events for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Several non-profit organizations rely on the fundraising efforts of volunteers. What kind of skills can students build when volunteering in a fundraising event for a non-profit organization?
A. Volunteering to participate in fundraisers is a great way for students to get involved with non-profit organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Volunteering gives students an opportunity to learn more about the organization itself or a target population or issue in their community that they may not have been made aware of before. By participating in the fundraiser, volunteers are helping the organization to get the word out about the services they provide in the community and the money raised directly helps to support the work that the organization is doing. On top of all that, fundraising events are usually a lot of fun to be involved in.
There are also opportunities for students to be involved in the planning and implementation of fundraising events. Many non-profits rely on student interns or student employees to help them prepare for fundraising events and to help host and assist with tasks on the day of the event. This is a great chance for students to be part of spearheading a fundraising campaign and apply the knowledge they have learned in school to a real-world situation.
By helping with a fundraiser, students have many opportunities to develop the skills needed to be successful in nearly any work environment. Students will learn interpersonal skills such as working collaboratively with other members of a team; coordinating their efforts with, and reporting to, supervisory staff; and effectively managing other staff and volunteers. They will be able to refine their skills in developing a targeted marketing campaign through the use of creative advertising, website development, and the use of social media. Students will have the opportunity to work on their public relations skills by working with media outlets, including newspaper, television, and radio, and presenting to community groups. They are also likely to gain experience in approaching an individual or organization and making a successful ‘ask’ for a monetary or in-kind donation. By helping plan and carry out the event, students learn a great deal about organization, time management, and accountability as they discover how to coordinate all the small details that must come together for a big project to be a success.
Being part of the planning and implementation of a fundraiser can prove invaluable in helping a student build important business connections, gain relevant professional experience, and obtain valuable references. It is a great opportunity for students to showcase their skills and the quality of their work to potential future employers. In exchange, they provide the organization with the talent and educational background to make the event a success!
Thanks for the great advice Jeff! Students, if you’re interested in supporting organizations through volunteering, contact Brady Lowe for information!
If you’re a community partner that would like to share advice with Globe students, or know someone who would, please contact Brady Lowe. He’d be happy to hear from you!