Volunteers and Trustees
Millions of people volunteer for charities across the UK and volunteering as a fundraiser can be a fantastic way to help.
This might involve collecting cash donations, selling raffle tickets or charity goods, participating in a local fundraising event, becoming a charity trustee or more. Largely, this depends on how you’d like to help the charity, what time you can give and any particular skills you might be able to offer. First of all, we recommend that you speak to the charity to find out how best you can help and what advice, guidance and support they can give you, including any materials that will help you get started.
If you don’t know which charity to choose, you could start by searching online. Find out more about volunteering opportunities in your area though your local Volunteer Centre or contact:
- NCVO (England)
- Volunteering Wales
- Volunteer Scotland
- Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland)
- Volunteering Matters
There are some important rules to follow when you fundraise, so be sure to discuss any dos and don’ts with the charity and also have a look at our ‘know the rules’ section.
For charities running volunteer fundraising programmes, it is important to recognise your role and responsibility in managing those volunteers, applying for the right licences and giving volunteers guidance and support. Find out more here.
You may also find it useful to join one of our special interest groups and network with your peers. Our Community Fundraising Special Interest Group shares best practice in community fundraising, providing an opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry. While our Volunteer Board Fundraising Special Interest Group provides guidance for establishing a formalised approach to working with senior level volunteers in order to reach significant fundraising targets.
Getting your trustees on board
A charity’s trustee board is responsible for making sure that the charity is governed well and is working to achieve its objectives. That includes oversight of fundraising: making sure that the charity meets it legal requirements in all it does, sets a fundraising strategy, and manages its resources properly.
Having an engaged trustee board can make all the difference; a board that will not only respect the expertise of fundraisers and offer a different perspective and relevant advice, but champion the importance of your work across the organisation. The level of a trustee’s involvement will vary from organisation to organisation and across the trustee board, according to their skills and experiences, as well as your needs.