10 Ways to Recruit More Volunteers for Your Fundraising Events

fundraising volunteers holding baskets

Sometimes the hardest part of pulling off a fundraising event is finding the volunteer base to help. Here are some tips to help you find some help.

Be Prepared

The Boy Scouts sure got this one right! You need to always be prepared to find a volunteer, because you never know when an opportunity will present itself. If you find yourself in a conversation that lends itself to talking about your organization, don’t miss your chance. You might find yourself talking to a soon-to-be volunteer.

Offer manageable opportunities

Offer manageable volunteer opportunities. Everyone knows that volunteering can very easily become a full-time job, without the benefits of compensation. Don’t scare away your volunteers. Instead, make sure you break your jobs, tasks, and responsibilities into small, manageable amounts. Someone can always take on more if they feel like they have the time, but the old adage “many hands make light work” speaks volumes here.

Use strengths and interests

Play to your volunteers’ strengths and interests. Have someone who is great with social media, let them take care of the online advertising. Have someone else that has an eye for design? They could help with the setup of your event.

Match task to needs

Don’t give them an opportunity to say no. Find out how and when they would like to volunteer and find tasks that fit their needs.

Ask for help

Let people know you need help. You know when people ask you how your big charity auction is going and you say “Everything is going fantastic” even though you’re up until 2am working on it? Try saying this instead “Everything is going really well, but I wish I had a few extra hands to help with some of the details.” You might find those hands in the people you are talking to.


Put it in the bulletin, on flyers, on your website, Google Grant Ads, Facebook page, Twitter, wherever you can think of! One spot that is often overlooked is your email signature. Think about how many emails you send out. Include a quick blurb in your email signature and see what happens.

Ask to Ask

Try the “everybody asks one” method. If every one of your volunteers asks one more person to volunteer with them your volunteer numbers would grow exponentially.

Offer free food

We used to joke about this with college students, but it really works for any age group. Need to stuff your invitations? Mention that coffee and cake will be available. When people feel like they are socializing, they never seem to mind the work as much.

Keep a list of potential volunteers

Keep a list of people who may be interested in volunteering but haven’t done so yet. When you have the right opportunity for them, make a personal call and ask if they would consider helping.

Say Thank You

Make a habit of thanking your volunteers. Volunteers who feel appreciated are more willing to volunteer again, and more likely to try to get others involved.

Don’t overlook teens for “day of” volunteering

Whether its face-painting kids faces or selling the food, often times they are super willing to help. And it helps that they usually need to earn community service points for school!

By following these tips you can increase the number of your volunteers and the success of your events. You should not have to do all of the work!


  1. These are all great ideas. Another thought along the lines of ‘you never know who’s watching’ is to go out of your way to make everyone who attends your meetings feel welcome and special. Inclusion is key. Your group will develop a positive reputation and others will start to see how easy it is to show up for the first time and feel a part of the group.

    Clay Boggess
    Big Fundraising Ideas

  2. Justus Okoth Odongo says:

    Thanks for emailing us/me am happy with what God plants in this ministry. My big hope is that one day one time God will open for us ways to successfully. Please pray for us over our Church building request. Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Kenya Salute You. Grace be with you all. AMEN.

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