If you working on raising the money of your dreams, you should always be on the lookout for people who can help advance your cause. After all, you can’t do it yourself and many hands make light work.

The right people can be infinitely helpful to your organization:  they can volunteer, they can donate money or stuff, they can help spread the word, and they can connect you to other people who can be tremendous resources for your organization.

One really great way to get people involved and to spread the fundraising work around is to invite them to join a committee.

People don’t have to be Board members to serve on a committee for your organization, they just have to care about the work your nonprofit is doing, and be willing to give their time and talent. 

By engaging these folks on a committee, it gives them a great place to plug in and serve. It brings new skills and resources to the committee and usually some fresh energy. It can also give you a way to evaluate potential Board members. In other words, when people serve first on a committee, it gives you the chance to test them out to see if they might be good Board members.

I like to see a Board member as the leader of a committee, so that communication can flow easily from the committee to the Board. This also prevents a group of volunteers from running off in the wrong direction (as can happen when they are excited about the organization, but unfamiliar with the overall vision for the future).bigstock-Business-People-With-Question--4966182

To decide whether someone will be a good fit for your committee, first consider the purpose of the committee.  What is the committee intended to accomplish? Will the person you’re considering be a good fit with the others already on the committee? Do they have skills or connections that will benefit the committee? And probably the most important questions: Do they have the time and are they willing to serve?

Don’t add someone simply because he or she is well-known in the community.  Make sure they have the time and are willing to do some work.  Otherwise, it won’t benefit you at all.

And make sure you’re ready to do your part in giving the nonprofit volunteers a good experience on the committee.  Be prepared for meetings, give them the information and support they need, and be sure to thank them regularly.  When you do, everyone will be more likely to enjoy it and want to do it again.


  1. “Don’t add someone simply because he or she is well-known in the community.” Amen! I’ll second your excellent suggestions of selecting someone based on their skills, time, plays well with others, etc. Everyone will be the happier for it. Thanks for the reminders, Sandy.

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