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Eight Traits of Effective Youth
by Jim & Connie Walters
Editor's Note: This is the sixth of an eight part monthly series. Although it's focus is on youth fund-raising programs, these traits are universal enough for all fund-raisers to make note of. For more information about the authors and their expertise please see the end of the article.
Why do people do volunteer work for your group? Generally, people volunteer for causes they believe in, where they have people they relate to, and when they believe they can make a meaningful contribution.
On the flip side of that, people cease serving as volunteers when (a) they no longer trust the leadership; or (b) they do not feel their efforts make any difference; or (c) they no longer feel appreciated. Notice that their entry into the field is usually self-motivated (they tend to recruit themselves) but their exit from the field is relationally-motivated (someone in leadership failed them in some way).
This series of "Eight Traits..." has already addressed the role of leaders as vision- casters and organizers. Perhaps the third arena of leadership is the management of people, also known as "the care and feeding of volunteers." A wise leader knows the three universal needs of volunteers, namely:
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About the Author:
Jim Walters serves in a local church ministry in Denver, Colorado. Along with his wife Connie, who has led fund-raisers for both church, elementary school, and high school groups, they formed Booster Solutions to help others find profitable answers to their fundraising problems.
Together they have written "Top Ten Youth Fundraisers", a 16 page handbook that details their plans for 10 great fundraising ideas. Each plan in the manual is fresh, tested and profitable. They work well for both school and church groups. This is not a rehash of coupon books, subscriptions or car washes.
Every plan includes: 1) an overview of the project as successfully completed. 2) a "key thought" ensuring your success. 3) step-by-step outline with options and thoughts on variations.
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