Volunteers – The Best Donors of All!

We all are asked to make financial contributions to charitable organizations from time to time – sometimes, it seems, day after day. It most cases, we’re asked to give to organizations and causes we know little about. Alas, sometimes that’s even true when the cause is our own alma mater. It’s hard enough to keep track of things on our daily To Do lists, let alone stay current with the ever-changing campus of the college or university we attended more years ago than we want to count. In our hearts, we know we’d like to do something for our alma mater – make a gift that is meaningful – but, it’s been so many years. . .

What’s the answer?

Get involved! Next time you’re invited to serve on a committee or council, plan an event or a program, sponsor an intern, or participate in an alumni community service project, say “Yes!”

And, you’ll be glad you did.

So will your alma mater – because one thing that is as true today as it ever has been is that those who give the gift of their time and talents – as volunteers – are also more likely to give the gift of their treasures – their financial resources. It doesn’t matter so much whether you serve on the Board of Directors or the annual Beach Party planning committee – what matters is that you have made the commitment of your time to something that is important to you.

In taking this step, you have helped yourself answer the question “Why give?” Now, you’ll know!
So, call someone today that you know at your alma mater and offer to volunteer. You may be surprised at the opportunities awaiting you!


About ted sudol

Ted Sudol brings a cross-disciplinary perspective to his work in philanthropy & fundraising. Currently Managing Director at CARTER, a professional firm dedicated to advancing philanthropy worldwide, he has nearly four decades as a fundraiser, lawyer, executive, communicator and consultant in the voluntary, public and private sectors. From local to global, his work with educational, healthcare, arts & cultural, and community organizations ranges from designing new ventures, campaign readiness plans, and complex gift strategies for high net worth families to rebuilding and repositioning projects. His specialty is bringing together diverse parties in innovative collaborations. He devises simple approaches for complex matters to achieve successful outcomes. A graduate of Georgetown and Temple Law School, he currently serves on the board for AFP Shenandoah Valley Chapter, the AFP International Education Advisory Council, and the Virginia FundRaising Institute's Planning Committee. He has been a long-time board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, Virginia.
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